Hungarian legal scholar, writer and member of the country’s Academy of Sciences András Sajó has been elected as vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights, the Strasbourg-based body has disclosed on its website.
66-year-old Mr. Sajó’s – who was elected to the post together with a Turkish colleague, Isil Karakas – three-year mandate will begin on 1 November. The ECHR’s two vice-presidents also chair two of the Court’s five sections.
The ECHR’s 47 judges are selected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from three candidates picked by each member states. Their mandate is valid for nine years, after which they cannot be reelected. The president and vice-presidents are elected by the plenary session with an absolute majority and secret voting.
The newly-elected Hungarian vice-president’s area of research includes the sociology of law, civil law, as well as constitutional and environmental law.