UK expert representative to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission)

Body: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Appointing Department: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Sectors: International, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: International Experience, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 1 main candidate, plus 1 substitute
Remuneration: Travel expenses reimbursed by the FCO
Time Requirements: Approximately 2-3 days every three months for travel to Venice for meetings of the Venice Commission. There may also be sporadic work as a rapporteur on country-related projects initiated by the Commission
Closing Date: 10/02/2019
Interviews: tbc

Vacancy Description

Applications are invited for the post of UK expert representative to the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission. The term of the appointment will last for four years. The position is unsalaried, but expenses and subsistence are paid.

The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters. Established in 1990, the commission has played a leading role in the adoption of constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe’s constitutional heritage.

Initially conceived as a tool for emergency constitutional engineering, the Venice Commission has become an internationally recognised independent legal think-tank. It contributes to the dissemination of the European constitutional heritage, based on the continent’s fundamental legal values, while continuing to provide “constitutional first-aid” on request to the governments of individual states. The Venice Commission also plays a unique and unrivalled role in crisis management and conflict prevention through constitution building and advice.

The members of the Commission serve in their individual capacity and do not receive or accept any instructions.

One candidate will be chosen to be the main representative along with an alternate for when the former is unavailable.



Person Specification

Candidates will be experts in constitutional and/or international law and practice, who have achieved eminence through their experience in democratic institutions or by their contribution to the enhancement of law and political science. They will display diplomatic skills and sensitivity to national cultural differences. They will have the capacity to advise upon and promote the rule of law and European democratic standards. Written and spoken English and French language skills are desirable.

Appointments are not restricted to British Nationals, but candidates must demonstrate a close current connection with the United Kingdom and a familiarity with its constitutional and political traditions.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people with diverse experience and backgrounds.

Additional Information


How to Apply

Please send completed applications comprising CV and supporting statement and two references to:

The deadline for applications is 11 February 2019. Further information is available (electronically or on paper) from James Scarff, ( Tel. 020 7008 3880

Venice Comm T C

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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