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Martin Scheinin appointed to FRA Scientific Committee

Posted on 05 September 2018

Professor Martin Scheinin, the EUI’s Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of International Law and Human Rights, has been appointed to the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).

As one of just eleven new members selected from 100 applicants, Professor Scheinin will join the rest of the Committee in ensuring the scientific quality and objectivity of the Agency’s work for the next five years.

The FRA, one of the EU’s decentralized agencies, conducts research into fundamental human rights issues across the EU’s member states.

The Agency’s Scientific Committee is comprised of eleven independent experts from across the EU. It will work as “the guarantor of the scientific quality of the Agency’s work” by reviewing the Agency’s research in a legal and social science capacity.

The Committee will provide expertise to the FRA in a variety of human rights disciplines, as well as offering specialist knowledge in areas such as data protection, migration and asylum, and religious freedom.

Professor Scheinin, who joined EUI as Professor of International Law and Human Rights in 2008, previously served on the UN’s Human Rights Committee from 1997 to 2004. He was also the first UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism from 2005 to 2011.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor Scheinin said: "The Scientific Committee is an important statutory body of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.”

“Joining the Committee will be a great opportunity to be a part in bridging between rigorous research and the need for evidence-based policy-making in the EU.”