PACE elects Zdravka Kaladjieva to the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg, 23 January 2008 – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting this week in plenary session in Strasbourg, yesterday elected Zdravka Kaladjieva as judge in respect of Bulgaria at the European Court of Human Rights.

Zdravka Kalaidjieva was elected with 127 votes by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from lists of three candidates nominated by Bulgaria. The other candidates on the list were Supreme Court judges Rumen Nenkov and Pavlina Panova.

Zdravka Kalaidjieva was among the founders of the domestic NGO Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights, on whose Board she is currently. At present, she is adviser to Minister of European Affairs Gergana Grancharova on the issues of legal reform in the post-accession programme for cooperation and supervision of Bulgaria's EU integration 2007. She is a member of the Public Council at the Justice Ministry.

Zdravka Kalaidjieva has been involved in human rights litigation. She has published numerous articles and analyses on the compatibility of domestic legislation and practice with international human rights standards.