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Presidents of the European Court of Human Rights
04 November 2011

Court's eleventh President

United Kingdom United Kingdom

British lawyer Sir Nicolas Bratza first appeared before the Human Rights Court in 1981 when he represented the United Kingdom government in a key case concerning homosexual rights in Northern Ireland. He joined the Human Rights Commission, part of the previous Court system, in 1993 and became a permanent judge for the UK in 1998. He came from a family of musicians and lawyers: his father was a violinist, his mother an opera singer, and three of his ancestors were Law Lords sitting in the British House of Lords.