The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will have first time a woman president: Síofra O’Leary. As reported by the agency on Monday, Judge O’Leary has been chosen to replace Robert Spano, who took office in 2020.
Born in Dublin in 1968, O’Leary studied law at University College Dublin. Later, in 1993, she obtained her doctorate in European Law from the European University Institute in Florence.
Before becoming a judge, O’Leary did research at the universities of Cadiz and London, and was later appointed deputy director of the Center for European Law Studies at Cambridge University.
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Beginning in 1996 and for three years, O’Leary held the position of “Référendaire” (consultant) at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. She then became “Chief of Cabinet” from 2000 to 2004. During her time at the court of law (from 1999 to 2004), she also worked as a visiting professor at Dublin University from 1999 to 2004. Similarly, since 2003 she has been visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.
During his career, he has lectured widely to practitioners, government agencies and academics on fundamental rights, EU law and the practice and procedure of the European Court of Justice. He has also written several articles on fundamental rights, EU labor law, free movement of people and services, and EU citizenship.
Síofra O’Leary, judge in respect of Ireland, has been elected President of the European Court of Human Rights.
— Council of Europe (@coe) September 19, 2022
He has held various positions in the Court of Justice of the European Union and in 2015 she was chosen to replace Ann Power as an Irish judge at the European Court of Human Rights. His term began on July 2, 2015 and is expected to end on July 1, 2024.
In November 2021 she was elected as Vice President of the Court, and this Monday she has already been selected as President of the ECHR, also known as the Strasbourg Court.
Thus, O’Leary will occupy the highest position of this international tribunal. It is an institution that cares for any person who considers they have been the victim of a violation of their rights recognized by them, while legally under the jurisdiction of a member State of the Council of Europe, and who has unsuccessfully exhausted judicial remedies. available in that State, you can file a complaint against that State for violation of the Convention.
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