Superior Courts Network
The Superior Courts Network (SCN) was created by the ECHR to ensure the effective exchange of information, with the national superior courts, on Convention case-law and related information.
The shared responsibility of the ECHR and national courts for the implementation of the Convention was the central theme of the Brussels Conference. It is through ongoing dialogue that the implementation of the Convention will be enhanced. The SCN provides a forum for this dialogue.
The President of the ECHR has entrusted the management of the SCN to the Jurisconsult. Under his supervision, the SCN continues to develop and is becoming a broad and effective exchange network.
Principles and rules
The guiding principles of the SCN are set out in its Charter, which is accepted by each superior court on joining the Network. The Jurisconsult has also drawn up the Network’s Operational Rules, which will be developed in consultation with the SCN member superior courts.
Launch of the Superior Courts Network (October 2015)
First SCN Focal Points Forum - 16 June 2017
On 16 June 2017, in the Human Rights Building of the ECHR, the first gathering of the SCN Focal Points took place.
This event was an opportunity to meet and exchange and further enhance the ongoing dialogue between SCN members.
A considerable number of national Focal Points as well as President and Registrar of the ECHR attended the Forum. The President’s Adviser on the SCN, former judge Mark Villiger, Chaired the meeting and the agenda included a presentation by a sitting ECHR Judge on Protocol No. 16 to the Convention.