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Opening of the Judicial Year 2019

Opening of the Judicial Year 2018

The opening of the Court’s judicial year took place on 26 January 2018.

To mark the occasion, a seminar was held on the topic “The authority of the judiciary”, attended by Presidents of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of the Council of Europe member States and numerous senior judicial figures.

At the solemn hearing that followed the seminar, President Guido Raimondi and Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, addressed an audience of around 350 persons.


Video of the Seminar (Part 1): Original language - English 

Video of the Seminar (Part 2): Original language - English 

Speech by President Guido Raimondi

Speech by Paul Lemmens

Speech by Marta Cartabia

Speech by Radmila Dragičević Dičić

Speech by Dace Mita

Speech by Martin Kayser and Rahel Altmann

Speech by Bruno Pireyre

Speech by Pere Pastor Vilanova

Seminar background paper 

Solemn hearing

Video of the Ceremony - Original language - English

Speech by President Guido Raimondi

Speech by Koen Lenaerts

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