Egbert Myjer

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Egbert Myjer (born 31 July 1947) is the judge in the European Court of Human Rights, elected in respect of The Netherlands.[1] from 1 November 2004 till 31 October 2012. Since 1 March 2013 he is serving his first five-year term as a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. He was appointed as a Board member of the International Service for Human Rights in May 2013.


Egbert Myjer was born in Arnhem (The Netherlands). He spent his childhood in The Hague where from 1959 till 1966 he attended the gymnasium of the Aloysiuscollege. From 1966 till 1972 he studied law at Utrecht University and specialized in criminal law.


From 1972 till 1979 he was an assistant in criminal law at Leiden University. In 1979 he was appointed vice-dean of the Netherlands National Training and Study Center for the Judiciary at Zutphen. In 1981 he was appointed a judge at the Zutphen District Court, from 1986 onwards as vice-president. In 1991 he made the change from the judiciary to the public prosecution service, and was appointed advocate-general at the The Hague Court of Appeals. In 1996 he was appointed deputy procurator-general (later renamed as: chief advocate-general) at the Amsterdam Court of Appeals. In 2000 he was also appointed professor extraordinary in human rights at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Since 2012 he is professor emeritus.

Myjer is one of the founding editors of the NJCM-bulletin (The Netherlands Human Rights law Review) and remained an editor from 1976 until his election in the European Court in 2004. He wrote many articles and comments on the case-law of the former European Commission of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), and was an author, together with Nicholas Cowdery QC and Barry Hancock, of the IAP Human Rights Manual for Prosecutors (2003), which has been translated into French, Russian, Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish and Ukrainian. The second English edition appeared in 2009.

Together with Peter Kempees he is the author of a cautionary tale about the European Court of Human Rights: Jack and the Solemn Promise (2010, ISBN 978-90-5850-574-3).

Since December 2012 he is a member of the Board of Amnesty International (The Netherlands) and the Foundation Universitair Asiel Fonds (The Netherlands). He is also a member of the editorial board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.


Egbert Myjer is Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau (The Netherlands) (2012) and was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Council of Europe in 2001. In 2004 he was awarded with the Certificate of Merit of the International Association of Prosecutors. Since 2011 he is a Honorary Bencher of The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.


  1. ^ "List of judges of the European Court of Human Rights". Retrieved 2010-01-31.