Opening of the judicial year 2023

President of the ECHR Síofra O’Leary at the Solemn hearing

The official opening of the judicial year of the ECHR took place on 27 January 2023. The event included a seminar on the topic Judges preserving democracy through the protection of human rights, at which many eminent figures from European judicial circles were present. 

This was followed by the ceremony to mark the official opening of the judicial year 2023. Síofra O’Leary, President of the Court, and Silvana Sciarra, President of the Constitutional Court of Italy, addressed representatives from the highest courts of the 46 member States of the Council of Europe and from local, national and international authorities.

Speech by President Síofra O’Leary 

Speech by Silvana Sciarra

Video of the solemn hearing: Original language - English

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