The Permanent Representative

Curriculum vitæ Roeland Adriaan Alfons BÖCKER

Date and place of birth    The Hague, 7 July 1958

Place of residence              The Hague

Nationality                           Dutch

Marital status                     Married, three sons, two grandsons

Law degree                          1982, University of Utrecht

Working experience       

  • 2017 – to date: Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Council of Europe
  • 1997 – 2017: Government Agent to the European Court of Human Rights and other international human rights procedures; legal counsel, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands in all litigation before international human rights procedures, notably:
      • The European Court of Human Rights
      • The European Committee on Social Rights
      • The UN Human Rights Committee
      • The UN Committee against Torture
      • The UN Committee against Racial Discrimination
      • The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

·1994 – 1996: Deputy Head International organisations department, division on human rights and legal affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

·1987 – 1993: Deputy Head Consular legal affairs department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

·1982 – 1986: Lawyer in The Ombudsman foundation (television and radio programs on legal matters)

Additional jobs              

  • 2012 – 2013: Visiting lecturer human rights in international relations, Utrecht University

·2007 – 2012: Member of the Equal Treatment Commission (Commissie Gelijke Behandeling), the forerunner of the National Institute for Human Rights (est. Oct. 2012)

·1992 – 2017: Deputy judge in the Hague District Court (criminal matters)

Miscellaneous         

                       

  • Chair of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for the years 2006 and 2007
  • Chair of various subordinate bodies to CDDH (DH-PR, GDR)
  • Member/leader of delegations of the Netherlands to UN treaty negotiations on human rights, terrorism and the International Criminal Court
  • Expert on behalf of the Council of Europe to Chisinau in the follow-up of the ECtHR judgment in the case of Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia and others  v. Moldova
  • Member of EU expert-mission to Croatia in preparation of Croatia’s accession to the EU
  • Expert on behalf of the Council of Europe in assessing the draft law on the Government Agent to the European Court of Human Rights of Moldova.
  • Numerous guest lectures at home and abroad.

    Languages spoken

  • Dutch (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • German (fluent)
  • Italian (good)
  • Spanish (moderate)

    Publications

  • Taru’s Tiental, of het lot van EHRM-uitspraken, in: Advocaat(-generaal), Liber amicorum Taru Spronken (2015), p. 95 e.v.
  • Gaten dichten. Toetreding van de Europese Unie tot het EVRM, in: Nederlands Juristenblad, jrg. 88 (2013), p. 1435 e.v. [1]
  • The Convention abroad. Extra-territorial applicability of the European Convention on Human Rights, Militair Rechtelijk Tijdschrift, jrg. 103 (2010), nr. 4, p. 176 – 180.
  • Het Stuurcomité Mensenrechten, Turbodiesel van de Raad van Europa, in: 60 Jaar Europees Verdrag voor de Rechten van de Mens, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten/NJCM-Bulletin, jrg. 35 (2010), p. 905 e.v. (met Liselot Egmond) [2].
  • Reactie op ‘Onzichtbare zaken’, in: Nieuwsbrief Asiel- en Vluchtelingenrecht, jrg. 25 (2009), p. 244 e.v. (met Liselot Egmond) [3].
  • Verdrag en Facultatief Protocol inzake de rechten van mensen met (functie)beperkingen: mijlpaal in ontwikkeling VN-mensenrechten, in: NJCM-Bulletin, jrg. 32 (2007), p. 116 e.v. (met Marianne Kroes) [4].
  • Feeling the heat in Geneva and New York. The Netherlands before the UN Treaty Bodies in Individual Complaints Procedures, in: Blokker, Lefeber, Lijnzaad & Van Bladel (Eds) The Netherlands in Court, Essays in Honour of Johan G. Lammers (2006), p. 125 e.v.
  • Het Nederlands Agentschap bij het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens, in: Speciaal nummer NJCM-Bulletin 55 jaar EVRM, jrg. 31 (2006), p. 65 e.v. (met Jolien Schukking) [5].
  • Protocol Nr. 14 bij het EVRM, Hervorming van de hervorming, in: Nederlands Juristenblad, jrg. 79 (2004), p. 1840 e.v. [6]
  • Stop dat geschrijf! Hoorzittingen willen we! in: Goede raad voor Egbert Myjer, NJCM-Bulletin, jrg. 29 (2004), p. 913 e.v. [7]
  • Dissenting opinion, in: NJCM-Bulletin, jrg. 27 (2002), p. 6 (met Jolien Schukking) [8].
  • Mensenrechtenprocedures in Straatsburg en Genève, in: Gids voor de rechtenstudie en juridische beroepen 2001, p. 332 (met Jolien Schukking) [9].
  • Hoezo aandacht voor Straatsburg?, in: Tijdschrift voor de Rechterlijke Macht/Trema (2000), p. 209 [10].
  • The enforcement of Strasbourg and Geneva decisions: the international law context, in: Barkhuysen, Van Emmerik & Van Kempen (Eds) The execution of Strasbourg and Geneva Human Rights Decisions in the National Legal Order (1999), p. 235 (met Herman von Hebel).
  • Een permanent Internationaal Strafhof, in: Tijdschrift voor de Rechterlijke Macht/Trema (1995), p. 347 [11].

    Lectures (selection)

  • At a 65th birthday (the European Convention on Human Rights at 65), Leiden, 2015.
  • Questions of evidence before the ECtHR, Leiden, 2013.
  • The European Convention on Human Rights at sixty, Leiden, 2010.
  • The role of the Government Agent before the European Court of Human Rights. The execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: individual and general measures, Sarajevo, 10 November 2009
  • Assisting member states in implementing the ECHR, Stockholm, 2008.
  • De totstandkoming van het VN-Verdrag inzake de rechten van gehandicapten, Conferentie Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, Amsterdam, 2006 [12].
  • Reformprozess des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte, Fachgespräch, Berlin, 2006 [13].
  • The reasonable time requirement of Article 6 ECHR, Seminar, Bucharest 2004.
  • Key-note speech Conference on Human Rights and Disability, Berlin, 2004.
  • Improvement of Procedures for the Protection of Human Rights, Seminar “Partners for the protection of human rights: reinforcing interaction between the European Court of Human Rights and national courts”, Strasbourg 2002.
  • The role of the Government Agents before the Strasbourg Court and the cooperation with national authorities for the elaboration of the State’s position before the Court. The execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: individual and general measures, human rights seminar, Zagreb 2001.
  • Coordination at national level by Government Agents with ministries and other institutions, Conference of Government Agents, Vilnius 1999.

Strengthening the universal human rights system, Model United Nations Conference, The Hague, 1998.

[1] On accession of the European Union to the ECHR.

[2] On the Steering Committee for Human Rights, available in English also.

[3] On ECtHR cases which result in friendly settlements or strike-outs.

[4] On the Convention and Optional Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

[5] On the Office of the Government Agent of the Netherlands to the ECtHR.

[6] On Protocol 14 to the ECHR.

[7] On hearings before the ECtHR.

[8] On the subsidiary role of the ECtHR.

[9] On international human rights proceedings in Strasbourg and Geneva.

[10] On the subsidiary role of the ECtHR

[11] On the preparatory committee on the International Criminal Court.

[12] On the Convention and Optional Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

[13] On the reform of the ECtHR.

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