On 25 September 2015, FRA announced that Michael O'Flaherty had been appointed as the new FRA Director. He will start on 16 December.

Michael O'Flaherty is currently a Professor of Human Rights Law at National University of Ireland Galway in Ireland, as well as Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He has also been a member of the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee, and has been active in the field of human rights for over 20 years, nationally and internationally. He has been a senior expert for Ireland as part of FRA’s multidisciplinary research network, FRANET, since 2014.

For more details, see the press release.

FRA’s Founding Regulation states that the Agency shall be headed by a Director, appointed by the Management Board for a period of five years. This term may be extended once for not more than three years.

The interim Director of FRA is Constantinos Manolopoulos, the Head of FRA’s Administration Department. More information about Mr Manolopoulos can be found on the FRA Management Team page.


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