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Chair of the Board

Sir Nicolas Bratza

Sir Nicolas is the former President of the European Court of Human Rights, where he was a judge for over 14 years, elected in respect of the UK. 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. Sir Nicolas’ incomparable human rights experience and expertise is an invaluable source of advice, guidance and inspiration for BIHR.

“The British Institute of Human Rights is 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. I urge you to join in ... your support can make the difference, helping strengthen work to bring rights to life in these challenging times.”

You can watch Sir Nicolas, speaking at our 2020 Human Rights Day reception, discussing the importance of the Human Rights Act for people in the UK.

You can also watch Sir Nicolas discussing the importance of our Human Rights Act and the European Convention system in a Channel 4 news piece.

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