January 2011 - Strasbourg
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has elected Paulo Sérgio Pinto de Albuquerque as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Portugal. Mr de Albuquerque, who obtained an absolute majority of votes cast, is elected for a term of office of nine years beginning after 5 February 2011. Judges are elected by PACE from a list of three candidates nominated by each State that has ratified the European Convention on Human Rights. Mr de Albuquerque, 55, has had a long career as a public prosecutor in Lisbon, most recently as Deputy Principal State Prosecutor, Director of the Lisbon public prosecution service. During 1998-2001 he was a member of the European Committee on Crime Problems PC-OC. Since 200 he has been a member of the Management Board of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. He is married and has one son.