Official visits

Recent official visits


Meeting with Standing Rapporteur on Human Rights of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities


On 10 July 2024, the President of the Court, Marko Bošnjak, met Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Standing Rapporteur on Human Rights of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, accompanied by Mélanie Lepoultier and Peter Drenth, Deputy Standing Rapporteurs. Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Visit by a delegation of Canadian judges and lawyers


On 4 July 2024 a delegation of Canadian judges and lawyers, led by Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, paid a visit to the Court as part of the Journées Strasbourgeoises 2024 organised by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. The delegation was greeted by the President of the Court, Marko Bošnjak, accompanied by Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court.

Visit by the Public Defender of Georgia


On 27 June 2024, Levan Ioseliani, Public Defender of Georgia, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Lado Chanturia, Judge elected in respect of Georgia, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Visit by the Minister of Justice of Curaçao


On 27 June 2024, Shalten Hato, Minister of Justice of Curaçao, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Jolien Schukking, Judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Abel Campos, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania


On 25 June 2024 Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Gediminas Sagatys, Judge elected in respect of Lithuania, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


On 25 June 2024 Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Visit by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic


On 21 June 2024, Marek Eštok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Marko Bošnjak, President-elect of the Court, Alena Poláčková, Judge elected in respect of the Slovak Republic, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Official visit to Liechtenstein


On 17 June 2024, President Síofra O’Leary paid an official visit to Liechtenstein, accompanied by Carlo Ranzoni, Judge elected in respect of Liechtenstein, and Dorothee von Arnim, Deputy Section Registrar.

During the visit, the delegation took part in bilateral meetings with Daniel Risch, Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein and Minister of General Government Affairs and Finance, Dominique Hasler, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport, and Graziella Marok-Wachter, Minister of Infrastructure and Justice.

On the same day, the delegation attended a conference at the University of Liechtenstein, in Vaduz, where President O’Leary delivered a keynote speech and took part in a panel discussion with, inter alia, Hilmar Hoch, President of the Constitutional Court of Liechtenstein, on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court.

Visit by the Minister of Justice of Italy


On 12 June 2024, Carlo Nordio, Minister of Justice of Italy, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Raffaele Sabato, Judge elected in respect of Italy, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting. On the side of the official visit, Minister Nordio attended the Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia.

Visit by the Minister of Justice of Poland


On 6 June 2024, Adam Bodnar, Minister of Justice of Poland, accompanied by Maria Ejchart, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, visited the Court and were received by President Síofra O’Leary. Krzysztof Wojtyczek, Judge elected in respect of Poland, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

Visit to the European Central Bank


On 3 June 2024 President Síofra O’Leary visited the European Central Bank (ECB), in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), where she met Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, Frank Elderson and Philip R. Lane, members of the Executive Board of the ECB, and Chiara Zilioli, Director General of Legal Services. On that occasion President O’Leary made a presentation on the recent climate change rulings.

Official visit to the Republic of Moldova


On 21-23 May 2024, President Síofra O’Leary paid an official visit to the Republic of Moldova. During the visit, she participated in the XIXth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts, in Chișinău, where she was greeted by Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova, and delivered an opening speech. She also took part in bilateral meetings with Igor Grosu, President of the Parliament, Domnica Manole, President of the Constitutional Court, and Veronica Mihailov-Moraru, Minister of Justice, and delivered a keynote speech at the National Institute of the Judiciary. President O’Leary was accompanied by Diana Sârcu, Judge elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court.

Recent official visits


Videos of official visits 


Official visit to Liechtenstein - 17 June 2024


Official visit to the Republic of Moldova - 21-23 May 2024


Official visit by the President of Montenegro - 23 January 2024


Official visit by the President of Cyprus - 23 January 2024


Official visit to Italy - 19-20 October 2023


Official visit to Spain - 5-7 October 2023


Official visit by the President of Slovenia - 21 June 2023


Official visit by the President of Latvia - 13 February 2023


Official visit by the President of Iceland - 7 December 2022