Pembroke DPhil Candidate Elected as Judge to European Court of Human Rights


Congratulations to current Pembroke MCR member Sebastian Răduleţu (DPhil Law) on his election by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) as Romanian judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Sebastian will hold the position for a nine-year term starting in July this year. His appointment followed two rounds of voting during which the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly chose from a list of three candidates.

Sebastian comments: “I am honoured to have been elected as a judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Romania, having thus the possibility to contribute to the defence and promotion of human rights values across Europe. I think my studies and research at Oxford University and in particular at Pembroke College represented important arguments for this election. I am very proud and grateful to be a member of this academic community.”

Prior to beginning his DPhil at Pembroke under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Williams, Sebastian completed an MSc in International Human Rights Law at New College. He was also Farthing Scholar and a retained lecturer at Pembroke from 2015 – 2018.

A practising lawyer for over 25 years and a Professor in Law at the University of Craiova in Romania, specialising in Human Rights Law and Criminal Law, Sebastian has previously served as a substitute member of the Venice Commission; a lawyer at the Council of Europe; and an advisor to the Romanian Minister of Justice.

Congratulating Sebastian, Pembroke Master Sir Ernest Ryder described the election as “a significant personal achievement and real distinction for the College.” We are immensely proud of Sebastian’s achievement and grateful for his part in our community.

Sebastian Raduletu