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European Court of Human Rights: May 2012-April 2013

European Court of Human Rights: May 2012-April 2013 Alastair MOWBRAY* 1 THE COURT'S WORKLOAD AND INSTITUTIONAL/PROCEDURAL MATTERS The European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter `the Court'), sitting in plenary session, elected a new President, Dean Spielmann, who took office on 1 November 2012.1 President Spielmann is the judge elected in respect of Luxembourg and he has been a member of the Court since 2004. He has senior management experience within the Court, including serving as a Section President. A distinguishing feature of his appointment is that he is younger, fifty years-old, than his three predecessors as Presidents of the full-time Court. In September 2012, the Court issued guidance regarding its approach to unilateral declarations by Member States acknowledging breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter `the Convention' or `ECHR').2 The publication of the guidelines was timed to coincide with the entry into force, on 1 September 2012, of the latest version of the Rules of Court. The latter document contains new Rule 62A3 governing unilateral declarations. Unilateral declarations are normally made by a Member State after the failure of, confidential, friendly settlement negotiations between the applicant and the respondent State. According to Rule 62A(1)(c) the State must file its unilateral declaration in public adversarial http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

European Court of Human Rights: May 2012-April 2013

European Public Law , Volume 19 (4) – Jan 21, 2013

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Alastair MOWBRAY* 1 THE COURT'S WORKLOAD AND INSTITUTIONAL/PROCEDURAL MATTERS The European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter `the Court'), sitting in plenary session, elected a new President, Dean Spielmann, who took office on 1 November 2012.1 President Spielmann is the judge elected in respect of Luxembourg and he has been a member of the Court since 2004. He has senior management experience within the Court, including serving as a Section President. A distinguishing feature of his appointment is that he is younger, fifty years-old, than his three predecessors as Presidents of the full-time Court. In September 2012, the Court issued guidance regarding its approach to unilateral declarations by Member States acknowledging breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter `the Convention' or `ECHR').2 The publication of the guidelines was timed to coincide with the entry into force, on 1 September 2012, of the latest version of the Rules of Court. The latter document contains new Rule 62A3 governing unilateral declarations. Unilateral declarations are normally made by a Member State after the failure of, confidential, friendly settlement negotiations between the applicant and the respondent State. According to Rule 62A(1)(c) the State must file its unilateral declaration in public adversarial

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Published: Jan 21, 2013

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