Liechtenstein got it right on the European Court of Human Rights.
Pace my cynical fellow-bloggers:
Liechtenstein was admitted to the Council of Europe in 1978, after long arguments about the rights of women, and shorter ones about whether it was really an independent state. The Principality thus acquired the right to nominate a judge on the European Court of Human Rights. It astutely decided to propose not some native tax expert but an eminent Canadian jurist, Ronald St. John Macdonald. His successor is an experienced Swiss human rights lawyer, Mark Villiger. Liechtenstein thus set a truly revolutionary precedent for staffing international bodies simply with the most qualified people.
Author: James Wimberley
James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu MendonÃ§a. The cat overlords are now three.
I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naÃ¯f questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia.
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