FRA Director to head renowned international human rights institute in 2015


The Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Morten Kjaerum, will become the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in 2015, it was announced today.

“Morten has been a driving force behind FRA for the last six years,” says FRA Management Board Chairperson, Maija Sakslin. “He leaves a lasting legacy and has firmly positioned FRA in the foreground of the European human rights landscape. On behalf of the FRA Management Board, I would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication in making the agency what it is today. We look forward to continuing to work with him until he leaves, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Over the last six years, Morten Kjaerum has guided the agency’s growth and development, and has ensured the delivery of robust advice and evidence on issues such as Roma, access to justice, LGBT and disabilities. This has significantly underpinned policies aiming at lifting the fundamental rights of many of the 500 million people living in the EU today. It is now a mature agency of 100 staff, and is well respected among EU Institutions, Member States, national human rights bodies and civil society alike.

He will continue to head and steer the agency until he leaves in the first half of 2015.

Morten Kjaerum was appointed Director of FRA in 2008 and was previously the founding Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. He has served on several UN human rights committees and has written extensively on many human rights issues.

He will become the next director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in 2015. It is an independent academic institution that promotes universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education, dissemination and institutional development.