A Greek judge at the European Court of Human Rights

A Greek judge at the European Court of Human Rights

Born in Athens in May 1960 to an artistic and well-educated family. His father, George, who died in 2005, is considered one of the greatest Greek symphonic composers and the third more important composer of the 20th century- after Manolis Kalomoiris and Nikos Skalkotas. His symphonic works have been conducted by the greatest Greek conductors, including Dimitris Mitropoulos.

Having grown up in such an environment, Linos Sicilianos couldn’t help but follow the musical path. He initially studied the violin to a professional level, but eventually chose to focus on his law studies. He graduated in 1983 with honors and then went on to do a Masters degree in Strasbourg. In 1990 he completed his phd at the European Court.

For years he has been active in the field of Human Rights and is scientific director of the Aliki Maragopoulou Foundation for Human Rights, which has an advisory role with several international organizations. Moreover, he has served as

vice-president of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Greek judge, since summer 2011 lives in Strasbourg, after succeeding Christos Rozakis, who was Judge and First Vice-President to the European Court of Human Rights. He will remain there for nine years- this is the prerequisite for the assumption of this position, to which he was elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

European Court decisions are compulsory and their implementation is tracked by the Committee of Ministers of the Council. The Human Rights Court consists of judges and academics, among whom is L. Sicilianos.