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Rick Lawson elected new FRA Management Board Vice-Chair

FRA’s Management Board elected Rick Lawson as its new Vice-Chair on 24 September. He will take office on 11 October.

Rick Lawson joined FRA’s Management Board as the Dutch member in October 2020. He is Professor of European Human Rights Law at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. His work covers fundamental rights in the European Union, as well as the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

Elise Barbé, a French Supreme Court of Appeal judge, continues as Chair of FRA’s Management Board.

The Management Board is FRA’s independent oversight body. It is responsible for adopting the agency’s multiannual Programming Document, and its annual Fundamental Rights Report. It monitors the Agency’s operations and adopts its budget. It also appoints FRA’s Director, as well as the members of its Scientific Committee.

The Management Board consists of one independent member per Member State, nominated for five years. Members have high-level responsibilities in national human rights institutions or other public or private sector organisations.

Two representatives of the European Commission and one independent person appointed by the Council of Europe also sit on the Board.

Members from Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia participate as observers in the work of the FRA Board.

For a complete list of members see the FRA website.