In the same year he was elected as the United Kingdom member of the European Commission of Human Rights, becoming Vice-President of the First Chamber of the Commission in 1997.During his term of office on the Commission, he took part in many fact-finding missions to Turkey to investigate allegations of killings, torture, enforced disappearances and destruction of villages by members of the security forces in the south-east of the country.In 1998 he was appointed a High Court judge and elected as the first United Kingdom judge of the new, permanent European Court of Human Rights.in the same year, and again in 2001, he was elected as one of the four Section Presidents of the Court.
He serves on the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights.Professor Linda Colley CBE, FBA, FRSL Linda Colley is currently Shelby M. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University in the United States.She previously held Chairs in history at Yale University and the London School of Economics, and she was the first woman Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge where she is now an Honorary Fellow.He was educated at Wimbledon College and Brasenose College, Oxford.After a year teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he was called to the Bar in 1969, and practised as a barrister as a member of commercial and public law Chambers at 1 Hare Court, Temple.
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He was re-elected as a judge of the Court and as a Section President in 2004.In 2007 he was elected as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Court, a post to which he was re-elected in 2010.He campaigned for thirty years to make the European Human Rights Convention directly enforceable in British courts and introduced two Priavte Members' Bills on the subject which became models for the Human Rights Act 1998.He introduced further Private Members' Bills seeking to strengthen Parliamentary scrutiny of the treaty-making powers of Government; to give the public direct rights of access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman); to give legal protection and recognition to unmarried couples (both same sex and opposite sex); to modernise anti-discrimination legislation in a single Equality Bill; and to give civil protection to the victims of forced marriages.Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC is Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers and Professor Emeritus of Public Law at University College London.
Sir Nicolas Bratza QC Nicolas Bratza was born in London in 1945.
He is the President of the British Institute of Human Rights, a member of the Advisory Council of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and member of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights.
He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the European Human Rights Law Review.
Linda Colley's books include (1992), won the Wolfson History Prize, and has attracted wide and continuing attention both as a study of the evolution and complexities of British national identities, and as a contribution to understandings of nationalism more broadly.
In 1998, Colley was offered a Sterling Professorship, Yale's higest Professorial rank, but declined it in favour of an offer of a Research Chair in England. In 1999 she was invited by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to deliver the Prime Minister's Millennium Lecture at 10 Downing Street on 'Britishness of the 21st Century'.