Andrew Drzemczewski

Andrew (Andrzej Zbigniew) Drzemczewski (born 7 July 1951) is the Head of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Department of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe , Strasbourg , France . [1]

Education & professional qualifications

After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1972, he spent a year at the University of Warsaw , at his Department of International Law, as part of the British Council Scholar (1972-73), rounding off this cycle of studies at the UC Berkeley School of Law Where he Obtained an LL.M in International Law (Fulbright Research Scholar).

He then returned to the LSE where he obtained, in 1981, his Ph.D., which was published by the Oxford University Press in 1983: A Comparative Study. He also obtained, in 1974, the Diploma of the Strasbourg-based International Institute of Human Rights and was called to the English Bar in 1981 (member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple , London).

Career at the Council of Europe

He has worked for the Council of Europe since 1985.

As of April 2005, he is Head of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Department of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe .

Previous in-house experience includes work in the field of human rights and the role of the United States of America. Eastern Europe, ad hoc committee of experts directly to the Committee of Ministers on CSCE (now OSCE), Human Dimension issues.He has had a major responsibility for the organization of a ministerial conference on Human Rights, held in Rome 1990).

Between the years 1995 and 1997 he was secretary to an informal working party on Protocol No.11 to the European Convention on Human Rights, under the co-chairmanship of the Deputy Secretary General (Peter Leuprecht) & the President of the European Court of Human Rights (Rolv Ryssdal), before becoming, in 1996, the Head of the Secretary General ’s Monitoring Unit, with responsibility for setting up and launching the Committee of Ministers of the United States of America.

Other functions / activities

Since 1986 he has been legal correspondent for “ The Times “ newspaper, London (Human Rights Law Reports, Strasbourg) and over 320 of his law reports have been published to-date.

He is also a member of the Administrative Council of the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Yearbook on Human Rights and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Human Rights Association. Since 1994 he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strasbourg’s Institute of Higher European Studies.

Other professional experience

Before joining the Council of Europe in September 1985, Dr. Drzemczewski undertook various types of legal work (in governmental circles), lecturing and consulting around the world (inter alia, legal consultant to the Gulf Co-operation Council in 1981; and, in the case of Malone v UK (1984) before the European Court of Human Rights, he is also a founding member of INTERIGHTS .

From 1979 to 1985 he was Senior Lecturer in Metropolitan University , London. For a period of 14 years (from 1981 to 1994) he has been teaching at the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Law Program in London (and was an Associate Professor at the University’s London Law Center year-round program from 1982 to 1985).


  • European Human Rights Convention in Domestic Law. A Comparative Study (Oxford University Press, 1983 and 1985, reprinted in 1997)
  • Human Rights: Cases and Materials (3 volumes, teaching material for students, London, 1982)
  • „A major overhaul of the European Human Rights Convention: Protocol No. 11“, in Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law / Collection of Courses of the Academy of European Law , Vol.VI (European University Institute, Florence – Martinus Nijhoff, 1995), Book 2, 1997.
  • „The Council of Europe and the Issue of Incorporation“ , Human rights in domestic law and development aid policies of the Nordic countries , Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1989, ISBN  978-90-247-3743-7

He also co-edited „Domestic Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Eastern and Western Europe“, Volume 2 of the All-European Human Rights Yearbook (Engel Verlag 1992) 251 pages (English version issued in a special volume, No .4, of Universal Review of Human Rights , 1992).

He has published widely and has written over 130 articles and cases-notes on international and comparative law issues in numerous legal periodicals, with particular reference to human rights in Europe (in addition to the Human Rights Law Report he writes regularly for „The Times“ newspaper – see above).


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