Published: 1 Jun 2008 | By Sergey Golubok

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights: strengths and weaknesses


The Commissioner for Human Rights is one of the newest Council of Europe institutions, having been established in 1999. The Commissioner is elected by the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe for a non-renewable six year term, with the incumbent being Thomas Hammarberg. The Commissioner’s priciple activity is issuing reports, recommendations and opinions based on visits to member states.

In this article, Sergey Golubok considers the role of the Commissioner in relation to other CoE institutions, and what could be done to strengthen and increase the scope of his activities. To find out more, click on the link to the full article below.