Call for contributions – report on national judicial councils

The Special Rapporteur decided to devote his forthcoming report to the Human Rights Council to the question of national judicial councils and/or other national organs or mechanisms in charge of selecting, appointing, promoting, transferring, suspending or removing judges.

The report will build on the annual report drafted by former Special Rapporteur, Mr. Leandro Despouy in 2009 (A/HRC/11/41, paras. 23-34 and 52-72), and will take into account relevant provisions of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary (in particular principles 10-13 and 17-20). It will be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2018.

The Special Rapporteur prepared a questionnaire [English | French | Spanish] in order to elicit information on relevant national experiences on this subject. The questionnaire is available in English, French and Spanish. Submissions should be sent electronically and no later than 30 January 2018 to Mr. Stefano Sensi (email:, copy to, using the email title: "Submission to the report on national judicial councils". Kindly limit your responses to 5,000 words (attach annexes where necessary). Responses will be published on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Submissions for the report on national judicial councils