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Jean-Paul Costa has been since 2012, the President of the René Cassin Foundation (International Institute of Human Rights) in Strasbourg, and the movie theatre “Odyssey”.

After studying law and political science in Paris, he joined the École National d’Administration (ENA), where he was appointed from to the State Council, where he has spent most of his career.  He was form 1981 to 1984 Director of Cabinet of Alain Savary, Minister for Education in the Government Mauroy.  From 1985 to 1987 he was General rapporteur of the Report Section and Studies of the State Council.

In 1988 he was elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in respect to France, at the European Court of Human Rights, and re-elected in 2004.  At the court he was successively Section Vice-President, Section President, Vice-President of the Court, and finally President of the European Court of Human Rights from January 2007 to November 2011, date on which he left the Court.

He has published several books and numerous articles.  He is a Commander of the Legion of Honour, and “Grand Officier dans l’Ordre national du Mérite” and holds many other French and foreign decorations, and five honorary doctorates from foreign Universities.




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