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Mr. Jan Erik Helgesen


July 1, 1947, Sandefjord, Norway



Academic position

Law degree, 1975, from the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

-         Since 1971:             Employed at the same Law Faculty

-         1971-1976:             Research assistant

-         1976-1979:             Research scholar

-         1979-1985:             Lecturer

-         Since 1985:            Associated professor

Main areas for research and teaching: Jurisprudence, constitutional law and international human rights law

Other positions

Legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Advisor on humanitarian and international law to the Chief of Defence (according to the Geneva conventions and protocols).

International positions

Since 2007: President of the "European Commission for Democracy through Law (The Venice Commission)".

Since 1996: Member of the Editorial Board of "Nordic Journal of International Law".

Since 1990:  Norwegian representative to the "European Commission for Democracy through Law (The Venice Commission)".

1993-1998:  Chairman-Rapporteur of this Working Group. During the last two years, mandated by the Working Group to conduct inter-sessional negotiations to establish a consensus text. The Declaration was later adopted by the Human Rights Commission (April 1998) and the General Assembly (9 December 1998) (The Declaration on "Human Rights Defenders".

Since 1989:  Alternate member of the UN Subcommission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Since 1986: Norwegian representative to the UN Working Group established to draft a "Declaration on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and organs of society to promote and protect universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms".

Since 1978: Member of Norwegian delegations to numerous human rights meetings and conferences within UN, Council of Europe, OSCE/CSCE.


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