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New President of the ECHR



Robert Spano, judge elected in respect of Iceland, took office as President of the ECHR on 18 May 2020.


He succeeds Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, judge elected in respect of Greece.


Composition of the Court

Presidency of the Court


  • Communication of a case concerning Poland


    The ECHR decided to communicate to the Government of Poland the application in the case of Żurek v. Poland.

    The case concerns the premature termination of a judge’s mandate as a member of the National Council of the Judiciary, his dismissal as spokesperson for that organ, and the alleged campaign to silence him.

    Press release




  • Judgment concerning Croatia


    In the case of Mraović v. Croatia the Court found that there had been no violation of the right to a fair trial.

    The applicant complained to the Court that his trial for rape had been held in private. The grounds on which the Croatian courts had based their decision not to hold a public hearing, namely the protection of the victim’s private life, were found by the Court to be reasonable.  

    Press release


Other information

  • Facts and Figures by State

    Facts and Figures by State

    To mark the Greek Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Court has produced a new publication: The ECHR and Greece in Facts and Figures. It is part of a series which provides a global overview of the Court’s work and the extent to which its judgments have an impact in each member State.

    ECHR and Greece

    Facts and Figures by State



  • Inadmissibility decision


    The Court has found that the application in the case of Astruc v. France is manifestly ill-founded and has declared it inadmissible. 

    Cyril Astruc, who is currently on the run, was convicted in 2019 and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment in a case concerning carbon-tax fraud. While in pre-trial detention in Fresnes Prison, he was placed in solitary confinement to enable the authorities to clarify how he was procuring unauthorised items while in prison and to prevent this from continuing. 

    The Court held that the applicant had been placed in partial and relative solitary confinement, a measure that had been justified by security reasons and was compatible with his state of health, and that he had enjoyed the necessary procedural safeguards to prevent any arbitrariness in the procedure.

    Press release


Grand Chamber

  • Referral


    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of the case of Abdi Ibrahim v. Norway concerning the decision by the Norwegian authorities to allow the adoption of a child by a foster family against his mother’s wishes.

    Press release

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber


Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions