Events at the Court

ECHR Building

Opening of the Judicial Year 2017

Dialogue Between Juges 2017

The official opening of the Court’s judicial year took place on 27 January 2017. Some 300 senior judicial figures from European States took part in a seminar on the theme: Non-refoulement as a principle of international law and the role of the judiciary in its implementation. Following the seminar, President Guido Raimondi and Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court, addressed an audience of about 350 at the solemn hearing.


Video of the opening of the Seminar: Original language - English

Video Workshop 1: Original language - English 

Video Workshop 2: Original language

Video of the concluding session: Original language - English

Proceedings of the seminar

Seminar background paper 

Solemn hearing

Video of the ceremony: Original language - English 

Speech by President Guido Raimondi

Speech by Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi


Seminar Dialogue between Judges

The publications in the Dialogue between judges series are a record of the proceedings of seminars held annually to mark the opening of the judicial year at the Court.

Every year, these meetings provide a forum for discussion between judges from the Court and from various other courts on themes such as The role of consensus in the system of the European Convention on Human Rights, 50 years of the Court viewed by its fellow international Courts or Execution and effects of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: the role of the judiciary.

Previous openings of the Judicial Year and Seminars Dialogue between Judges

Seminars & Lectures

This page contains former events at the Court such as seminars, meetings, conferences and various anniversaries.


Seminars & Lectures

Moot Court at the ECHR

For many years now the Court has been endeavouring to familiarise future legal professionals with the Convention system by promoting advocacy competitions consisting of mock legal proceedings based on the Convention. Two competitions are held every year at the Court, namely the René Cassin competition for French-speaking students and the ELSA Moot Court for English-speaking students.

Moot Court