On 20 April, the European court of human rights (ECHR) was elected as the head judge from Iceland, Robert Spano, said the press service of the court (.pdf).
He will take office on may 18 and will replace on this post of the Greek of the LINOS-Alexander Sicilianos. Sicilianos was elected head of the ECHR last year, but his term of office as a judge will soon expire.
Spano is a judge of the ECHR in 2013, from may of 2019, he was Deputy Chairman of the court.
The new head of the ECHR was born in 1972 in Reykjavik. He graduated from the law faculty of the University of Iceland and received a master’s degree in law at Oxford University. In Iceland, Spano worked as a judge, he taught at the University, and in 2008-2013 he was the parliamentary Ombudsman.
The judges of the ECtHR are elected by the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for nine years and cannot be re-elected. Thus, the term Spano as a judge of the ECHR will expire in November 2022.
The European court of human rights was created in 1959. It deals with complaints about violations of civil and political rights contained in the European Convention for the protection of human rights. The court is based in Strasbourg (France).
The number of judges composing the court, is equal to the number of States – parties to the Convention (currently 47). Ukraine in the ECHR for 2010 is Anna yudkovskaya.