Judge Síofra O’Leary elected president of European Court of Human Rights
Judge Síofra O’Leary, the Irish judge on the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), has been elected as the president of the court for a two-year term.
She is the first woman and the first Irish person to serve as president of the court in its 63-year history, and will take up office on 1 November 2022.
Human rights campaigners and legal experts previously told our sister publication Irish Legal News that they would welcome the Dublin-born judge’s potential appointment to the prominent role as a boost to the court as well as to Ireland’s international reputation.
A graduate of University College Dublin with a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Judge O’Leary spent years lecturing on EU law at a number of universities prior to her appointment as an ECtHR judge in 2015.
She was appointed as vice-president of the court in January 2022.