Ioannis Ktistakis elected judge to the European Court of Human Rights

Ioannis Ktistakis elected judge to the European Court of Human Rights
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Ioannis Ktistakis, an Associated Professor of Law at Democritus University in Thrace, was elected a judge of the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday.

“Ktistakis, having obtained an absolute majority of votes cast, is elected judge of the European Court of Human Rights for a term of office of nine years which shall commence no later than three months after his election,” the Council announced.

He is also chief legal counsel to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in Istanbul.

Judges are elected by PACE from a list of three candidates nominated by each State which has ratified the European Convention on Human Rights.

The President of Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis both expressed their warm congratulations to Ktistakis on Twitter.

“Warm congratulations to the law professor Ioannis Ktistakis for his election as Judge for Greece at the European Court of Human Rights. I wish him a good term,” Sakellaropoulou tweeted.

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, a lawyer and a long-time employee of the Council of Europe was also elected General Secretary of the Parliamentary Assembly on Tuesday.

She is the first woman to hold the post in the Assembly’s 72-year history.

Upon her election, she thanked Assembly members for their support: “I am greatly honoured by the confidence of the members and their large mobilisation – I am up to the challenge!”

“Building upon the competence of the Assembly’s staff, I enthusiastically look forward to working together with the members of the Assembly as from March 1st to enhance the impact of our Assembly within our 47 member States and beyond, in close co-operation with the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General.”

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