European Court of Human Rights

Justice written question – answered on 19th June 2012.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) who the members are of the panel which considered applications to be the next UK judge on the European Court of Human Rights;

(2) if he will publish details of (a) the presentation and (b) the legal problem candidates were asked to analyse at the interview stage of the process to appoint the next UK judge on the European Court of Human Rights;

(3) if he will publish the list of questions asked of the candidates interviewed by the panel recommending the short-list of candidates to be the next UK judge on the European Court of Human Rights.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The members of the selection panel for the next UK judge to the European Court of Human Rights were:

Chair: The Right Hon The Lord Dyson, Justice of the Supreme Court

The Right Hon Lord Reed, Senator of the College of Justice

Professor Nichola Rooney, Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission

Iain Macleod, Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Rosemary Davies, Legal Director, Ministry of Justice

The interviews were designed to test the candidates' suitability in relation to the advertised eligibility criteria. It would not be appropriate to publish the specific questions asked by the interview panel.

No selection panel for candidates to any appointment could function sensibly if it were publicly accountable for each of the questions it asked to each of the candidates.

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