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Official visits

Carpet of the Main hearing room at the HRB

Recent official visits

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Finland

    24/11/2022 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Finland

    On 24 November 2022 Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of Justice of Finland, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by a high-level delegation of family law judges from the United Kingdom

    18/11/2022 
    Visit by a high-level delegation of family law judges from the United Kingdom

    A high-level delegation of family law judges from the United Kingdom paid a working visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 17 November 2022. The visiting judges took part in roundtable discussions with judges of the Court and members of the Registry.

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  • Official visit to Paris

    16/11/2022 
    Official visit to Paris

    On 10 November 2022, President Síofra O’Leary paid an official visit to Paris. On that occasion, she was received by Christophe Soulard, First President of the Court of Cassation, Didier-Roland Tabuteau, Vice-President of the Council of State, Gérard Larcher, President of the Senate, and Yael Braun-Pivet, President of the National Assembly. Mattias Guyomar, Judge elected in respect of France, and Patrick Titiun, Head of Private Office, also attended the meeting.

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  • Official visit to United Kingdom

    21/10/2022 
    Official visit to United Kingdom

    On Friday 14 October, a delegation of five judges from the European Court of Human Rights, led by President Robert Spano, visited the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court in London. Bilateral discussions took place with judges from the United Kingdom’s superior courts including the Vice President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, the Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland, two justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the President of the King’s Bench of England and Wales.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands

    19/10/2022 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands

    On 19 October 2022 Dilan Yeṣilgöz-Zegerius, Minister of Justice and Security of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Robert Spano. Jolien Schukking, judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Milan Blasko, Section Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Vice-President of the Council of State of the Netherlands

    18/10/2022 
    Visit by the Vice-President of the Council of State of the Netherlands

    On 18 October 2022 Thom de Graaf, Vice-President of the Council of State of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Robert Spano. 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 a delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union

    18/10/2022 
    Visit by a delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union

    A delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union, headed by its President, Koen Lenaerts, paid a working visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 17 October 2022. The visiting judges took part in roundtable discussions with judges of the Court.

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  • Official visit by the President of Ireland

    11/10/2022 
    Official visit by the President of Ireland

    On 11 October 2022, Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, paid an official visit to the Court and was received by President Robert Spano and Síofra O’Leary, President-elect of the Court and judge elected in respect of Ireland. Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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Official visit by H.M. The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands - 23 June 2022

Official visit by the President of Portugal - 26 June 2019

Official visit by H.S.H. the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein - 26 November 2018

Official visits in the member States of the Council of Europe

Official visit to Norway

Official visit of Robert Spano, President of the European Court of Human Rights, to Norway;Official visit of Robert Spano, President of the European Court

On 11 and 12 May 2022 President Robert Spano paid an official visit to Norway. On that occasion, he was granted an audience with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. During this visit, President Spano met Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister, Emilie Enger Mehl, Minister for Justice and Public Security, Eivind Vad Petersson, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and had a working meeting with Judges of the Supreme Court of Norway, led by Chief Justice Toril Marie Øie. He also gave a lecture entitled The European Court of Human Rights responding to backlash, populism and challenges to the rule of Law at the University of Oslo. President Spano was accompanied by Arnfinn Bårdsen, judge elected in respect of Norway, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court.

Official visit to Finland

On 5 and 6 May 2022 President Robert Spano paid an official visit to Finland. During this visit, he met Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of Justice, Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Tatu Leppänen, President of the Constitutional Court. President Spano also made the keynote speech Lawyers as the Guardians of the Rule of Law in Europe at the Lawyers’ Day. He was accompanied by Pauliine Koskelo, judge elected in respect of Finland, and Hasan Bakırcı, Section Registrar.

Speech by President Robert Spano

Official visit to Lithuania

On 28 and 29 April 2022, President Robert Spano paid an official visit to Lithuania. On that occasion, he met Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic. During this visit, President Spano also met Evelina Dobrovolska, Minister of Justice, Danutė Jočienė, President of the Constitutional Court, Sigita Rudėnaitė, Chairperson of the Judicial Council, and Members of the Parliament. He was accompanied by Egidijus Kūris, judge elected in respect of Lithuania, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court. President Spano also delivered a speech on the theme Forging a culture of human rights in national parliaments at a Plenary Sitting of the Lithuanian Parliament, in Vilnius, on 28 April 2022.

Speech by President Robert Spano

Official visit to Italy

On 22 April 2022, President Robert Spano paid an official visit to Italy. On that occasion, he met Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic. During this visit, President Spano also met Giuliano Amato, President of the Constitutional Court. He gave a lecture at the University of La Sapienza on the rights of vulnerable people. President Spano was accompanied by Raffaele Sabato, judge elected in respect of Italy, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Private Office of the President.

Official visit to the Vatican

On 7 April 2022, President Robert Spano paid an official visit to the Vatican. On that occasion, he was granted an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. During this visit, President Spano met Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State. President Spano was accompanied by Raffaele Sabato, judge elected in respect of Italy, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Private Office of the President.

Official visit to Denmark

From 2 to 3 December 2021, President Robert Spano paid an official visit to Denmark. On that occasion, he was granted an audience with Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. During this visit, President Spano met Nick Haekkerup, Minister for Justice, Jeppe Kofod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and had a working meeting with the Supreme Court of Denmark. He also gave a lecture at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen on the theme “What role for human duties, obligations and responsibilities in our European human rights discourse?”. President Spano was accompanied by Jon Fridrik Kjølbro, Vice-President of the Court, judge elected in respect of Denmark, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court.

Speech by President Robert Spano 

Official visit to North Macedonia

From 4 to 5 November 2021, President Robert Spano paid an official visit to North Macedonia. On that occasion, he met Stevo Pendarovski, President of the Republic of North Macedonia. During this visit, President Spano also met Bojan Marichikj, Minister for Justice, Dobrila Kacarska, President of the Constitutional Court, and Besa Ademi, President of the Supreme Court. He also participated to a conference on Effective asset recovery in compliance with European standards. President Spano was accompanied by Jovan Ilievski, judge elected in respect of North Macedonia and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court.

Interview with President Robert Spano

Speech by President Robert Spano  

Official visit to Sweden

From 27 to 29 October 2021, President Robert Spano paid an official visit to Sweden. On that occasion, he was granted an audience with His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. During this visit, President Spano met Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration, Anders Eka, President of the Supreme Court, and Helena Jäderblom, President of the Supreme Administrative Court. He also participated to a seminar on The Interplay between the European Court of Human Rights and the National Courts at the Government Offices in Stockholm and to a seminar on Human Rights and Human Duties at the Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice. President Spano was accompanied by Erik Wennerström, judge elected in respect of Sweden and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court.

Speech by President Robert Spano at Swedish Government Offices

Speech by President Robert Spano at the Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice

Official visits to Montenegro and Serbia

04/03/2020

On 28 February 2020, President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos paid an official visit to Montenegro. On that occasion, he was received by Milo Đukanović, President of Montenegro, and by Zoran Pažin, Deputy Prime Minister. During this visit, President Sicilianos met Vesna Medenica, President of the Supreme Court, and Desanka Lopičić, President of the Constitutional Court. He also participated to a round table on the Rule of Law and the European Court of Human Rights at the Montenegrin Academy of Science. President Sicilianos was accompanied by Ivana Jelić, judge elected in respect of Montenegro.

On 2 March 2020, President paid an official visit to Serbia. On that occasion, he met Dragomir Milojević, President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, and Snežana Marković, President of the Constitutional Court. President Sicilianos was accompanied by Branko Lubarda, judge elected in respect of Serbia.

Official visits followed by a solemn hearing

Official visit by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

18/03/2019

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway paid an official visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 18 March 2019. After paying tribute to the Court’s former President Rolv Ryssdal (Norwegian), he had a meeting with the judges, then addressed an audience of dignitaries from judicial, political and diplomatic circles.

Webcast of the solemn hearing:

English

French

Speech by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Speech by President Guido Raimondi

Official visit by the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron

The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, paid an official visit to the ECHR on 31 October 2017. He met the judges of the Court and addressed an audience made up primarily of judicial, political and diplomatic representatives.

This was the first time that a French President addressed the Court.

 

Webcast - Official Ceremony

Photo Gallery

Speech by President Guido Raimondi

Speech by President Emmanuel Macron

Visit by the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

On 27 March 2014, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg made an official visit to the Court.

HRH the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and President Spielmann addressed a 250-audience on the occasion of a Solemn Session in the Court’s Hearing Room.

Webcast of the Solemn Session

Speech by President Spielmann

Speech by HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg (in French only)

 

All official visits