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European Court Vice-President

Vice President of the European Court-newsJudge Róbert R Spanó (1999, M.Jur. Law) has been elected as the new Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights. Since May 2007 he has been President of Section and he will take up his new position at the start of May.

He first studied Law at the University of Iceland before coming to Univ for a Magister Juris degree in European and Comparative Law. While at Univ he won the Clifford Chance Prize (proxime accessit) and Civil Procedure Prize. He has served as the Dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Iceland as well as a Member of the Board of the Human Rights Institute also at the University of Iceland.

The Court has one judge for each of the 47 states that have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights. Judges work in five Sections from which Chambers of seven judges are constituted. The Court then sits as a Grand Chamber of 17 judges which has two Vice-Presidents, one of whom will now be Judge Spanó.

Published: 5 April 2019

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