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Human rights court

Vice President of the European Court-newsJudge Róbert R Spanó (1999, MJur Law) has been elected President of the European Court of Human Rights, where he has been a Judge since 2013. He started his tenure on 18 May 2020, succeeding Judge Sicilianos from Greece.

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. In May 2019, he became Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights.

The European 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.

Published: 26 May 2020

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