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Superior Courts Network


The overall aim of the SCN is to enrich dialogue and the implementation of the Convention.


The more concrete operational objective is to create a practical and useful means of exchanging relevant information on Convention case-law and related matters.


The President of the ECHR has entrusted the management of the SCN to the Jurisconsult of the ECHR.


  • Introduction to the SCN to know more about the origin and activities of the network.
  • The guiding principles of the SCN are set out in its Charter. The Operational Rules describe the functioning of the Network. They evolve in consultation with the member courts.
  • Any further questions: Request Form



Member courts

Any court wishing to join the Network should write a letter to that effect to the President of the ECHR.

Secured website (for SCN members)


Message from President Robert Spano

Robert Spano, President of the ECHR

''Dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the national judicial systems is fundamental to the Convention system.

The Superior Courts Network brings together a community of judges who have a central role to play, implementing the principles and values of the European Convention, which we have been sharing and defending for 70 years.[...] ''

Message from President Robert Spano


SCN Forum 2021

The 4th SCN Forum took place on Friday 11 June 2021, in a hybrid format.

Attended by 73 member courts, the Forum focused on Case Management and Case-Law Consistency: National and ECHR perspectives.

Agenda     List of Participants

Speech by the President Spano

SCN Focal Points Forum 2019

The 3rd Focal Points Forum of the SCN was held on 6 and 7 June 2019 in the Human Rights Building, with the participation of 70 member courts from 34 countries.

Agenda     List of Participants

Speech by the President Sicilianos (in French only)

SCN Video

2019 Forum Report