Following an open competition, Mr Tim Otty QC has been appointed as the UK’s representative on the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe in succession to Mr Richard Clayton QC. Tim will take up his appointment in May 2019. He will be supported by Mr Murray Hunt as the alternate representative.
Tim Otty QC is recognised as a leading practitioner in public international law, constitutional law and human rights. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 2006 and has wide experience as Leading Counsel at all levels of United Kingdom courts, other Commonwealth domestic courts, and a range of international courts and tribunals. He has appeared in more than 40 cases at the European Court of Human Rights and has also acted in an advisory capacity to United Nations office holders.
The European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission, is the Council of Europe’s (CoE) principal advisory body on constitutional matters. It comprises experts who have achieved eminence in their field of law and political science. Experts are nominated by CoE member states. Each member state appoints a full member and a substitute, who act in an individual capacity, not as representatives of their country or its government.