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Najvyšší súd Slovenskej republiky (Supreme Court of Slovakia)

Ján Šikuta, Ph.D.
President of the Supreme Court

President since: 20 May 2020
Member of the Supreme Court since: 2015

Biography and career

Mr Šikuta was born in Bratislava on 25 October 1960. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava where he earned a JUDr. (Iuris utriusque doctor) degree. He did his post-graduate studies in law at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague. In 2009, he obtained a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law of the Pan-European University in Bratislava.

He has held a number of research fellowships abroad. He studied international humanitarian law and asylum law at Exeter College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (Queen Elizabeth House), and human rights at John Abbott College, Montreal, Canada.

He participated in several UN human rights courses in Vienna, Ankara, Paris, Brussels, London and Geneva.

Ján Šikuta has been active in the judicial profession for almost four decades. From 1995 to 2004, he served as a Legal Officer at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. From 2004 to 2015, he served as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He has been a judge of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic since 2015 and a presiding judge of a panel since 2016.

President Šikuta is the author or co-author of dozens of scientific publications published in Slovakia and abroad. He has also delivered numerous lectures as a guest speaker abroad.