Møse is scheduled to take over the position on September 1st, 2011, when the present judge, Sverre Erik Jebens resigns.
The European Court of Human Rights rules on complaints from individuals, non-governmental organizations or States alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. The court has one judge from each of the 47 convention-member states. The judges are elected for a period of 9 years.
Erik Møse was born in 1950. He was appointed Supreme Court Justice in October 2008, a position he has occupied since August 2009. Prior to this, from 1999, Møse sat as Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He was the court's Vice-President between 1999 and 2003, and President from 2003 until 2007. Møse has a broad background from the Norwegian Department of Justice and Police, Solicitor General's Office and the various courts. He has received several awards for his long lasting work for Human Rights. He is, among other things, Honorary Doctor at the University of Essex.