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More apply for European Court judge position

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Thursday, April 20
Sixty-eight people in Georgia have applied for the vacancy of the position of European Human Rights (ECtHR) Court Judge. A special governmental commission will select five of them as possible candidates.

As reported, the five-member shortlist will be presented to the government of Georgia by the head of the commission.

The Ministry of Justice says the candidate must meet all criteria established according to the the relevant legislation.

A total of 47 people participated in the contest last year.

The commission is headed by Georgiaís Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani, and is also composed of the Deputy Foreign Minister, the Governmentís Parliamentary Secretary, the head of Parliamentís Human Rights Commission, the deputy head of the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Public Defender, a representative of the Bar Association of Georgia, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, and the Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary representative.

Last year, the commission selected five of the best candidates according to their qualifications and knowledge of either English or French.

The five shortlisted candidates were the current Deputy Minister of Justice, Aleksandre Baramidze; Giorgi Badashvili, a Georgian lawyer at the EctHR; Anna Dolidze, the Presidentís Parliamentary Secretary; Eva Gotsiridze from the Supreme Council of Justice; and human rights expert Nana Mchedlidze.

After the commission named the nominees, it was up to the Government to make a final decision on who would represent Georgia in the European court.

Later, the Government selected three nominees, and Baramidze, Gotsiridze and Badashvili had their nominations sent to the Court.

However, the Court did not select even a single candidate for the position.

After the re-announcing of the competition, the government will name its shortlisted candidates before July 1.