Section Registar (1998-2007)

Vincent BERGER has been for more than eight years (from 1 November 1998 to 17 January 2007) the registrar of one of the four sections of the Court (there are now five). From March 2006, he combined this function with that of jurisconsult, pending the appointment of his successor.


The registrar is in charge of the secretariat of the chambers and committees formed within his section. He sits alongside judges at hearings and deliberations of each chamber.

  • He checks the quality of draft reports, decisions and judgments prepared by Registry lawyers and submitted to judge rapporteurs and to judgment formations constituted within his section. In particular, he assists the President and other members of his section to maintain the consistency of the Court case-law.
  • He ensures the line management of the case-processing divisions related to his section.
  • He attends Court committees and working groups, that combine judges and Registry lawyers.


As the Registrar of Section IV (1 November 1998 – 31 October 2001) and Section III (1 November 2001 – 18 January 2007), Vincent BERGER saw the presidency of his section carried out by Matti Pellonpää (Finland) from 1 November 1998 to 30 April 2001, by Georg Ress (Germany) from 1 May 2001 to 31 October 2004, and by Boštjan M. Zupančič (Slovenia) from 1 November 2004 to 17 January 2007.

The latter expressed the following opinion: "For many years, at the ECtHR Professor Berger was a Section Registrar. Since 1998 he worked with Professor Georg Ress; after that he worked with me for three years. He was unsurpassable: intelligent, efficacious, discrete, etc.--, in short, an ideal jurist in a decisive position." (Linkedin, 2 November 2016)

Vincent BERGER was assisted successively by Søren Nielsen (Danish), Mark Villeger (Swiss) and Fatos Araci (Turkish) as Deputy Section Registrar.


Over the years Vincent BERGER has dealt with chamber and committee cases mainly concerning the twenty-four following States, under which the members of his section were elected judges: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of), Moldova, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.

Fact-finding missions

Vincent BERGER has participated in several fact-finding missions of the Court to Turkey.



Contribution of Ana Vilfan-Vospernik, lawyer at the Registry of the ECtHR, to Liber amicorum Vincent Berger (pp. 421-429).

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