PACE - Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights

Terms of reference: 

Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights 

1. In the framework of the procedure for the election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights, in accordance with Article 22 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the committee shall examine the candidatures and make recommendations to the Assembly.  

2. The committee shall: 

2.1. study the curricula vitae and interview all candidates for posts of judge of the European Court of Human Rights, before their election by the Assembly; and

2.2. under the authority of its chairperson, prepare a report to the Assembly on the election of each judge to the European Court of Human Rights, which shall include its recommendations. Whenever possible, the reasons for its recommendations and ranking of candidates shall be indicated in the report;  

2.21. review, when necessary, the standard curriculum vitae sent to candidates for the post of judge of the European Court of Human Rights; and Representative

2.22. seek to ensure that the national procedure for the nomination of candidates complies with the criteria which the Assembly has drawn up for the establishment of lists, and in particular the presence of candidates of both sexes. 

3. The committee may report to the Assembly on any question related to the procedure for the selection of candidates and the procedure for the election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights. 

4. In addition to the general regulations or as an exception thereto, the committee shall apply the following rules: 

4.1.  the committee shall vote by a majority of the votes cast; however, a decision to reject a list of candidates or a decision to consider a single-sex list of candidates requires a two-thirds majority of the votes cast. The committee shall proceed to vote on candidates by secret ballot. Only members who have attended in full the interview procedure for a post of judge may vote. For any other decision, voting shall take place by a show of hands. However, voting by secret ballot may be requested by at least one third of the members present. The chairperson is entitled to vote; and  

4.2.  when rejection of a list of candidates is recommended to the Assembly, the reason(s) must be specified.

5. In order to be able to evaluate the qualifications and skills of candidates, committee members shall have appropriate knowledge or practical experience in the legal field.

 

UK members of the Committee

Representative                      Substitute
Lord Anderson                           Lord Blencathra
Suella Fernandes MP