Receiving of Applicants for Judge Position to European Court Restored

Society Materials 7 February 2008 16:54 (UTC +04:00)
Receiving of Applicants for Judge Position to   European Court Restored

Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 February / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / Receiving of the applicants for the post of judge to the European Court for Human rights, has been restored.

The issue on election of judges from Azerbaijan to European Court was discussed in the Court- juridical Council. The discussions resulted in the restoration of applicants, the Council reported to Trend on 7 February.

Earlier, PACE had returned back the list with the names of candidates submitted by Azerbaijan to European Court for judge positions. The list submitted by Azerbaijan to European Court included the names of Khanlar Hajiyev- judge of Baku's Azizbayov District Court, Rashad Hasanov, and judge of Baku's Nasimi District Court- Aygun Abdullayeva, was not approved during the meeting of PACE sub-committee in Paris on 17 December.

The sub-Committee decision stated that the candidates proposed by the Azerbaijani State did not meet demands and standards of the PACE. Therefore, judiciary organizations, Bar Association, NGOs functioning in Azerbaijan and separate persons are invited to nominate their candidature to the position in the European Court.

The Court-legal Council informed that the main attention during selection of judges will be focused on: knowledge and experience in the Convention of Protection of human rights and main freedom, as well as the knowledge of English or French languages. Till 16 Feb, the information about the candidates will be submitted to the Court-legal Council.

The Azerbaijani experts consider that the low knowledge of foreign languages is one of the key problems in selection of candidates to the judge position.

Erkin Gadirli, the expert, stated that the fact that the position of one candidate was higher than others was the key reason for returning the list. "There should not be competitiveness among the candidates to the judiciary position to European Courts. The three candidates should stand on equal positions," the expert noted.

Chingiz Askarov, the representative of Azerbaijan in the European Court, considers that the major reason is the fact that only a few numbers of lawyers have the knowledge of foreign languages.

The judges are elected by majority of votes of Parliamentary Assembly from three candidates for six years term. The power of judges ends, when they reach 70 years of age.