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Presidency of the Court

President Síofra O’Leary

Síofra O’Leary was born on 20 September 1968, in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University College Dublin, Ireland, 1986-1989
  • PhD, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 1989-1993
  • Visiting Fellow and Research Associate, Department of Public International Law, University of Cádiz, Spain, and Institute for Public Policy Research, London, United Kingdom, 1994-1996
  • Assistant Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995-1996
  • Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995-1996
  • Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland, 1999-2004
  • Référendaire, Chef de Cabinet and Head of Unit, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, 1996-2015
  • Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, since 2003
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Common Market Law Review, 2012-2015
  • Member of the Advisory Boards of the Common Market Law Review and the Irish Centre for European Law
  • Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, Ireland
  • Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 2 July 2015
  • President of Section from 1 January 2020 to 31 October 2022
  • Vice-President of the Court from 2 January 2022 to 31 October 2022
  • President of the Court since 1 November 2022.

Full CV

The plenary Court elects its President for a period of 3 years.

The President directs the work and administration of the Court. He represents the Court and, in particular, is responsible for its relations with the authorities of the Council of Europe. The President presides at plenary meetings of the Court, meetings of the Grand Chamber and meetings of the panel of 5 judges.

Rules of Court - Presidency

Official visits

  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    27/01/2023 
    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    On 27 January 2023 Vsevolod Kniaziev, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Mykola Gnatovskyy, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain

    27/01/2023 
    Visit by the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain

    On 27 January 2023 Inmaculada Montalbán Huertas, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. María Elósegui, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Presidents of Constitutional Court and Court of Cassation of Armenia

    26/01/2023 
    Visit by the Presidents of Constitutional Court and Court of Cassation of Armenia

    On 26 January 2023 Arman Dilanyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, and Lilit Tadevosyan, President of the Court of Cassation of Armenia, visited the Court and were received by President Síofra O’Leary. Armen Harutyunyan, judge elected in respect of Armenia, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Council of State of Türkiye

    26/01/2023 
    Visit by the President of the Council of State of Türkiye

    On 26 January 2023 Zeki Yiğit, President of the Council of State of Türkiye, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Saadet Yüksel, judge elected in respect of Türkiye, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Senate of the Netherlands

    26/01/2023 
    Visit by the President of the Senate of the Netherlands

    On 26 January 2023 Jan Anthonie Bruijn, President of the Senate of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Jolien Schukking, judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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Visit by the President of Iceland

Speeches by the President

  • Iveagh House EU50 Lecture

    02/02/2023 

    President Síofra O’Leary delivered a speech at the Iveagh House EU50 Lecture on 1 February 2023. 

     

    Speech by President Síofra O’Leary

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  • Opening of the Judicial Year 2023

    02/02/2023 
    Opening of the Judicial Year 2023

    President Síofra O’Leary delivered an introductory speech at the Judicial seminar and a speech at the Solemn hearing on the occasion of the Opening of the Judicial Year of the ECHR on 27 January 2023. 

    Seminar Introductory speech

    Solemn hearing speech

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  • Annual Press Conference 2023

    02/02/2023 
    Annual Press Conference 2023

    President Síofra O’Leary gave an overview of the Court’s activities in 2022 and presented the statistics for the past year.

     

    Speech by President Síofra O’Leary (in French only)

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Former Presidents

Hammer

Since 1959, 15 judges served as President of the European Court of Human Rights. The President is elected for a three year term by the plenary Court, composed of 46 national judges.

Former Presidents

All official visits

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