European Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
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Convention Article 21
Criteria for office

  1. The judges shall be of high moral character and must either possess the qualifications required for appointment to high judicial office or be jurisconsults of recognised competence.

Added by Protocol 15, Article 2

  1. Candidates shall be less than 65 years of age at the date by which the list of three candidates has been requested by the Parliamentary Assembly, further to Article 22.

Subsequent paragraphs renumbered by Protocol 15, Article 2

  1. The judges shall sit on the Court in their individual capacity.
  2. During their term of office the judges shall not engage in any activity which is incompatible with their independence, impartiality or with the demands of a full-time office; all questions arising from the application of this paragraph shall be decided by the Court.