The Minister for Justice and Equality is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for appointment as the Irish member on the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

This position is for a five year period commencing on the 9th of November 2011. The appointment may be renewed.


Role of ECRI

ECRI is a Council of Europe body whose primary objective is to combat racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance. ECRI’s remit includes all necessary measures to combat violence, discrimination and prejudice faced by all persons or groups of persons on the grounds of race, colour, language, religion, nationality and national or ethnic origin.

ECRI’s objectives are: to review member states’ legislation, policies and other measures to combat racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance and their effectiveness; to propose further action at local, national and European level; to formulate general policy recommendations to member states; to study international legal instruments applicable in the matter with a view to their reinforcement where appropriate.

ECRI provides Council of Europe member states with concrete and practical advice on how to tackle problems of racism and intolerance in their country. To this end, it examines in each country the legal framework for combating racism and racial discrimination, its practical implementation, the existence of bodies to assist victims of racism, the situation of vulnerable groups in specific policy areas (education, employment, housing etc.) and the tone of political and public debate around issues relevant for these groups.


Role of Appointed Members

Members of ECRI are expected to commit approximately 25 days per year to its work including 3 plenary meetings in Strasbourg, each of 3-4 days duration and generally held in March, June and December, country visits and preparatory work.  Members receive a per diem for attendance at a meeting or on a country visit.

The role, terms and conditions regarding the appointment of members of ECRI, as well as the programme of work of ECRI, is governed by the Statute of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance - Statute ECRI eng.pdf.
Paragraph 2 of Article 2 of the Statute states that members of ECRI "shall have high moral authority and recognised expertise in dealing with racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance". According to Article 3 of the Statute, the appointment of members is subject to approval by the Committee of Ministers who place a particular emphasis on the appointee’s experience in relation to ECRI’s mandate.

Details of the current members of ECRI are available at the following link:


Nomination process and how to apply

Selection will be based on an examination of the expressions of interest received and a shortlist of the most suitable will be placed before the Minister for consideration. The Minister may, at his discretion, select a person from outside this list.

Persons wishing to express an interest in this position should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and covering letter to (to which enquiries should also be addressed) outlining how they meet the requirements.  A model curriculum vitae setting out the information which should be included is appended.


Closing Date

Your curriculum vitae and covering letter should reach the above mentioned email address not later than midnight, Friday, 2 September 2011.



I. Personal details

Surname, first name  
Date of birth   

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

III. Professional activities

(a) Current and Previous positions

(b) Relevant experience at  national level

(c) Relevant experience at international level

IV. Language skills

V. Other relevant information