IHR's Judicial Visitor Dean Spielmann elected President of the European Court of Human Rights

20 September 2012

Judge Dean Spielmann

Judge Spielmann, Judicial Visitor at the UCL Faculty of Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights, was elected President of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.  He has been a judge at the Court since 2004, Section President since 2011 and was elected Vice-President in July 2012. He succeeds Sir Nicholas Bratza whose mandate will come to an end in October 2012.

“Judge Spielmann is an outstanding judge, whose judicial and extra-judicial writings have been pivotal to the continuous development of the case law of the Court. His election to President is fantastic news for human rights advocates in Europe. It is also great news for our Faculty with which he has strong links”, said the Co-Directors of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, George Letsas and Virginia Mantouvalou.

Dean Spielmann has written the preface of George Letsas’s book, A Theory of Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights (2009, Oxford University Press). He has also judged the annual UCL Human Rights Moot Competition in Strasbourg since 2008.  In 2012, Judge Spielmann co-edited the book The European Convention on Human Rights: A Living and Dynamic Instrument, with contributions by Virginia Mantouvalou and George Letsas. The book was launched at UCL in February 2011.


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