Following up on our previous post, here is the outcome of the hearing of candidates conducted by the PACE Committee on the Election of Judges to the ECtHR, as set out in a Progress Report released today. As one can see therefrom, the Committee in most cases makes rather clear recommendations, except for the Austrian candidates, where two of the three nominees rank ex aequo. However, the Parliamentary Assembly is not bound by these recommendations.
We gladly note that the radical professor on Gender Theory from Ireland has not been recommended. Sign of a renewed vigilance at PACE?
These are the Commitee’s conclusions:
The committee recommends, by a large majority, the candidature of Mr Pere PASTOR VILANOVA, over that of the candidature of Ms Patricia QUILLACQ, as the most qualified candidate.
The committee considers that Ms Gabriele KUCSKO-STADLMAYER and Ms Katharina PABEL are both equally well-qualified.
The committee recommends, by an overwhelming majority, the candidature of Ms Pauliine KOSKELO as the most qualified candidate.
The committee recommends, by an overwhelming majority, the candidature of Ms Síofra O’LEARY as the most qualified candidate.
The committee recommends, by a majority, the candidature of Mr Carlo RANZONI as the most qualified candidate, over the two other candidates, Mr Stephan BREITENMOSER and Ms Brigitte Liselotte OHMS.
The committee interviewed the candidates on 31 March 2015. Subsequently, on 1 and 2 April 2015, respectively, two candidates withdrew. The Government of Monaco has therefore been asked – as stipulated in paragraph 2 in the Appendix to Resolution 1432 (2005) – to provide the Assembly with the names of two new candidates in order to complete the list.