Three new Commissioners join the ICJ

Screen_Shot_2013_07_25_at_10.52.02_AMThe ICJ is delighted to announce that three new Commissioners were elected in July: Ms Hina Jilani (Pakistan), Dr Jarna Petman (Finland) and Professor Olivier de Schutter (Belgium).

The new members of the ICJ Commission, who now begin five-year terms, are:

Ms Hina Jilani (Pakistan) is a human rights activist and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. With her sister (and ICJ Honorary Member) Asma Jahangir, in 1980 she co-founded Pakistan’s first all-female legal aid practice, AGHS Legal Aid Cell (ALAC) in Lahore.

Dr Jarna Petman (Finland) is a Senior Lecturer (professor ad interim) in International Law at the University of Helsinki, and is Deputy Director of the University’s Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. She is a Member of the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe, having been appointed to this position in 2009 for a five-year term.

Professor Olivier de Schutter (Belgium) is a legal academic and human rights expert. He was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in May 2008 and continues to serve in this position. Professor de Schutter teaches international human rights law, European Union law and legal theory at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, as well as at the College of Europe.

In the second of three ballots taking place in 2013, July also saw the re-election of Justice Michèle Rivet as Vice-President and the re-appointment of Ms Imrana Jalal and Ms Karinna Moskalanko to the Executive Committee.

Biographies for all our Commissioners can be found here

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