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Applications open for European Court of Human Rights judgeship
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

20 Sep 2023 / judiciary Print

Applications open for ECtHR judgeship

Applications are sought for nomination by the Government as a candidate for election to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The Strasbourg-based ECtHR is tasked with interpreting and applying the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and its protocols.

The ECtHR delivers decisions and judgments in respect of individual and inter-state applications, as well as advisory opinions.

The ECtHR is comprised of judges elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in respect of each of the contracting parties to the ECHR.


Candidates must:

  • Satisfy the criteria for office set out at Article 21 of the ECHR,
  • Possess the qualifications required for appointment to high judicial office, or be jurisconsults of recognised competence,
  • Be less than 65 on 1 February 2023.

Judges sit on the court in an individual capacity, and during their term of office must not engage in any activity which is incompatible with their independence, impartiality, or the demands of full-time office.


Judges are elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, by a majority of votes cast, from a list of three candidates nominated by the Government.

Applicants are referred to the candidate information booklet.

The election of a judge in respect of Ireland is currently scheduled for the April 2024 session of the Parliamentary Assembly.

The term of office of the judge elected will start no later than three months from the date of election.

Judges are elected for a non-renewable term of nine years.


Applicants should submit a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae in the prescribed format (available on request from ecthrapplications@dfa.ie).

Completed applications must be submitted by email only to ecthrapplications@dfa.ie no later than 5pm, Monday, 9 October.

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