The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has elected Pauliine Koskelo, the President of the Supreme Court of Finland, as judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Koskelo will begin her term in office at the beginning of next year, when the term of her predecessor, Päivi Hirvelä, ends.
“It's a very important European position. Judges consider it important that the European Court of Human Rights has judges from the highest national courts. As no one else from Finland was interested [in the position], I considered it my duty to apply,” Koskelo says.
Judges are elected to ECHR for a nine-year term and are not eligible for re-election.
Koskelo, who has served as President of the Supreme Court of Finland for nearly ten years, reveals that she also wanted a change. “I'm currently the longest-serving supreme court president in Europe. It's absolutely remarkable that I've been presented with a new opportunity before reaching retirement age.”
Her decision to apply for the position was also motivated by her disappointment with the deterioration of administration of justice in Finland. “The standards are more rigorous especially due to basic and human rights. In Finland, the capacity of the judicial system has eroded. While I'm very pleased with my new position, I'm saddened by the deterioration of administration of justice in Finland.”
Petri Sajari – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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