The Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture 2014
The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights invites to the Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture, 2014. Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecturer 2014 is Judge Robert Spanó.
Judge Spanos lecture will be called “The European Court of Human Rights and National Courts - A Constructive Conversation or A Dialogue of Disrespect?"
Robert Spanó (foto: Wikipedia)
Robert Spanó (born 27 August 1972 in Reykjavik) is an Icelandic/Italian jurist and Judge of the European Court of Human Rights.
Robert Spanó completed his cand. jur. degree from the University of Iceland in 1997 and mag. jur.in European and comparative law from the University of Oxford in 2000, where he also was awarded the Clifford Chance Prize (proxime accessit) and the Civil Procedure Prize.
His previous work includes serving as a District Court Judge, the Parliamentary Ombudsman and chair of a number of expert committees in Iceland, e.g. on the protection of children in child care institutions. Further, he was the Icelandic member of the European Committee on Crime Problems, served as an independent expert to the Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe and was in 2012 appointed an ad hoc Judge of the EFTA Court.
Robert Spanó was appointed a full professor of law at the University of Iceland in November 2006. He was elected and served as a member of the Board of the Human Rights Institute (2005-2013), as a Vice Dean (2007-2010) and a Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Iceland (2010-2013). Since November 2013, Robert Spanó serves as a judge at European Court of Human Rights.
His academic research concentrates around the fields of public law and human rights issues in criminal and criminal procedural law, where he explores means of legal interpretation. His commitment for human rights and academic work on methodology can be seen as reflected in his service as a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, e.g. in his partly dissenting opinion on the recent Hassan v. United Kingdom (ECtHR, Grand Chamber, 16 September 2014). A case involving controversial issues of the extra-territorial application of the European Convention of Human Rights, its relationship to international humanitarian law and means of interpretation and modification of a treaty. The case is expected to get a significant impact on the understanding of the responsibilities of European States involved in military operations abroad.
Based on his experiences, work and interest, Judge Spanó’s speech on the topic “backlashes against human rights” and contemporary human rights debates will indeed be highly interesting.