President & Advisory Board


BIHR benefits from a wide variety of knowledge, experience and skills thanks to the members of our advisory board. In 2013, Sir Nicolas Bratza was appointed President of the Advisory Board. Speaking on his appointment, Sir Nicolas said:

“The British Institute of Human Rights in an organisation I have long admired. After fourteen years as a judge in the European Court of Human Rights, and an even longer career as a lawyer, I see the powerful and vital role BIHR plays in making sure we all know that human rights are not a remote, technical subject. Rather, human rights are about each and every one of us, as relevant ‘in the small places close to home’ as they are in international courtrooms. It is BIHR’s commitment to the historical promise of human rights – to making a daily reality of the binding legal principles that uphold our rights to equal dignity and respect – which reinforced my decision to accept the position of President.”


President of the Advisory Board Sir Nicolas Bratza

Sir Nicolas Bratza was appointed as President of the BIHR Advisory Board in Feburary 2013. The former President of the European Court of Human Rights, Sir Nicolas served as the judge of the Court elected in respect of the United Kingdom for 14 years. During his time at the Court, Sir Nicolas held various other posts including President of a Section and Vice-President of the Court. From 1994 -1998 he was the United Kingdom Member of the European Commission of Human Rights.

Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, Sir Nicolas was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1969; he was appointed a Bencher of the Inn in 1993. Sir Nicolas was in private practice at the Bar of England and Wales from 1969 until 1998, specialising in commercial law, public law and human rights law from Chambers at 1 Hare Court, Temple, London. He advised and appeared as Counsel in numerous cases before the former European Commission and European Court of Human Rights from 1970 until 1993. He was appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown, Common Law in 1978 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1988. In 1993, Sir Nicolas was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court and, in 1998, as a judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division.   He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Essex (2005) and the University of Glasgow (2007). He is an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford (2011) and an Honorary Bencher of King's Inns, Dublin (2012.)

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