First female Registrar in the history of the ECHR: Swearing-in ceremony
Article 17 of the Rules of Court governs the Registrar’s
functions. The Registrar has overall responsibility for both the administrative
and the judicial activities of the Registry under the authority of the
President of the Court.
Marialena Tsirli succeeded Roderick Liddell, who has been
Registrar of the Court since 1 December 2015.
A Greek national, born in 1967 in Thessaloniki, Marialena
Tsirli studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and
holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Robert Schuman University of
Strasbourg. She was legal officer (1994-1998) in the Secretariat of the former
European Commission of Human Rights. Within the Registry of the European Court
of Human Rights, she served successively as legal officer (1998-2004), Head of
Division (2004-2010), Deputy Section Registrar (2010-2016) and Section
Registrar (2016-2019) before taking up her present post of Deputy Registrar of