Press Release

Human Rights Review Panel – Election of the Panel’s new Chairperson

Press Release
Number              05-2012
Date                   05.10.2012
Contact              John J. Ryan

The Human Rights Review Panel (HRRP) held its 12th regular session in Prishtinë/Priština from 3 to 5 October 2012.

On the 3rd of October 2012, following the departure of Mr. Antonio Balsamo as Chairperson of the Panel, the Panel unanimously elected Ms. Magda Mierzewska as its new Chairperson.
Ms. Mierzewska graduated from the University of Gdańsk, Poland with a Magister of Law (LLM) in 1980 and passed the Polish State Examination for judicial posts in 1982. She was admitted to the Gdańsk Chamber of Legal Counsel in 1989 and received her LLM in European Union Law from the University of Leicester in 2005. 

Ms. Mierzewska worked as a Lecturer in the Law Faculty, Department of International Law, University of Gdańsk from 1982 to 1991. She was appointed as a Case Lawyer in the Secretariat of the European Commission of Human Rights, Strasbourg in 1993. She has been employed as a lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France since 1998. Her essential responsibilities include drafting decisions and judgments for the deliberations of that Court and assisting it in fulfilling its judicial functions. Since 2007 she has been a member of a Registry body tasked with ensuring coherence of the Court’s case-law. She has extensive international experience in various substantive and procedural human rights issues, and released numerous academic publications on those subjects.

Ms. Mierzewska was appointed as a member of the EULEX Human Rights Review Panel by the EULEX Acting Head of Mission on 4 May, 2010.


Please see for further information on the Panel.

 Notes to the editor;
The Human Rights Review Panel (Panel) for EULEX Kosovo, as an independent accountability mechanism for alleged violations of human rights,  reviews complaints from any person claiming to be the victim of human rights violations by EULEX Kosovo in the conduct of its executive mandate. The Panel is not a judicial or disciplinary body. The mechanism will solely look into whether a violation of human rights occurred or not and formulate recommendations for remedial action. Such action does no include monetary compensation.  The Psnel is independent in the exercise of its functions which it performs with impartiality and integrity.