The Government's consultation document A Forum on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland (
In view of the non-statutory nature of the post, its short and limited lifespan and the need for a chairman to be in place quickly, the post was not advertised and formal interviews were not held. Potential candidates with relevant backgrounds and experience were identified and their relative merits assessed against the criteria.
The Government are confident that Mr Sidoti, who was chosen for the post, fully met the selection criteria, which were:
experience and understanding of human rights, including international human rights instruments, particularly the European Convention on Human Rights;a track record of leadership;proven ability to establish consensus among politically and socially divergent group; and proven ability to analyse and make recommendations on complex issues.