Earlier this month, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected two new Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). I am delighted to report that Linos-Alexander Sicilianos, a fellow member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law has been elected to take up the Greek seat on the Court (from May 2011). Professor Sicilianos is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Athens and Vice Chairman of the Greek National Commission on Human Rights. He has been Vice Chair of the UN Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Our congratulations to Alexander! Professor Sicilianos is the second member of the EJIL Scientific Advisory Board to be elevated to high judicial office this year. Earlier in the year Prof. Andreas Paulus was appointed to the German Constitutional Court.
The other judge elected to the ECHR is Ms Julia Laffranque who will take up the Estonian seat on the Court. She is currently a Judge on the Estonian Supreme Court and an Associate Professor of European Law at the University of Tartu. Our congratulations also go to her!