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Opening of the Judicial Year 2020


The official opening of the judicial year of the ECHR took place on Friday 31 January 2020. The event included a seminar on the topic The European Convention on Human Rights: living instrument at 70, at which many eminent figures from European judicial circles were present. 

This was followed by the ceremony to mark the official opening of the judicial year 2020. Mr Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, President of the Court, and Chief Justice Clarke addressed representatives from the highest courts of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe and from local, national and international authorities.

Press release

Seminar background paper



Proceedings of the seminar

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

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

Solemn hearing 2020