Boštjan Zupančič is the longest-serving judge at the European Court of Human Rights where he chaired the third section from 1998 to 2016. He also was a judge at the Constitutional Court of Slovenia and vice president of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (Geneva). He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Owl of Minerva, Essays on Human Rights, Eleven International Publishing, 2007, and On the European Court of Human Rights: An Insider’s Retrospective (1998-2016), Eleven International Publishing, 2019.
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