MEMBERS OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

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Call for Expression of Interest for the 


of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Ref. n°: CEI-SCIE-2022

Date of publication 4 August 2022

Deadline: 19 September 2022, 13:00

FRA is launching a Call for Expression of Interest addressed to scientists who wish to be considered for membership of the Agency’s Scientific Committee. The full call for expression of interest is available here.

FRA is an Agency of the European Union based in Vienna, Austria.[1]

The objective of FRA is to provide the relevant institutions, bodies, offices, agencies and authorities of the Union and its Member States, when implementing European Union law, with assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights, in order to support them when they take measures or formulate courses of action within their respective spheres of competence to fully respect fundamental rights.[2]

With this call, FRA is opening 11 positions in its Scientific Committee. The term of office of the new members shall be five years and will start on 04.06.2023 and end on 03.06.2028.

The Scientific Committee is a hub of outstanding human rights experts that oversees the work of FRA, being the guarantor of the scientific quality of the Agency’s work, guiding it to that effect. FRA’s current Scientific Committee is an esteemed group of internationally renowned human rights experts, most of them university professors, coming from different disciplines and having held high level positions.

The position of member of the FRA Scientific Committee is highly prestigious and requires commitment and a considerable investment of time. The members meet at least 4 times a year at the premises of FRA in Vienna or remotely.

The members of the Scientific Committee shall be experts in one or more of the disciplines related to or relevant for human rights, inter alia:

  • Social sciences
  • Law
  • Political sciences
  • Statistics

Important: The members of the Scientific Committee should not be assimilated to staff of the Agency; therefore the present call should not be considered a recruitment.

Applicants for membership of the Scientific Committee must fulfil the following minimum (eligibility) criteria:

  • Have a postgraduate university degree in a relevant scientific area;
  • Have seven years of proven professional experience dealing with fundamental rights;
  • Nationality of one of the EU Member States or of a State that participates in the work of the FRA as an observer in accordance with Article 28 of Council Regulation (EC) No 168/2007, amended by the Council Regulation (EU) 2022/555 of 5 April 2022;
  • Thorough knowledge (minimum level C1) of English and a satisfactory knowledge (minimum level B2) of another language of the EU.

The selection will assess the following five essential requirements:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Cross-national, comparative experience
  • In-depth insight concerning fundamental/human rights in practice
  • Delivery of opinions and/or recommendations
  • Excellent scientific English.

If you are interested to apply, you will find more details on the eligibility criteria, essential and advantageous selection criteria and how to apply in the call published on FRA’s website.

The closing date for submission of applications is 19/09/2022 at 13:00 (local time, GMT +1).

[1] Its founding regulation adopted by the Council of the European Union was published in OJ  L 53, 22.2.2007, pp. 0001-0014

[2] Art. 2 of Council Regulation (EC) n. 168/2007 of 15 February 2007 establishing a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

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