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Chair of the CCJE from November 2000 to December 2003 : Lord Jonathan Mance

Lord (Jonathan) Mance was elected as first chairman of the Consultative Council of European Judges in December 2000, and re-elected in December 2002 serving until the end of 2003. He was then a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, being subsequently appointed in October 2005 to the highest United Kingdom court, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords (which is due to transform itself in October 2009 into the new United Kingdom Supreme Court).

Lord Mance read jurisprudence at Oxford, worked for a period in Germany and then practised as a barrister in England and various overseas countries from 1967 to 1993, becoming Queen’s Counsel in 1982.

He specialised in commercial and international matters, was a founder director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited and chaired various Banking Appeal Tribunals before his appointment in 1993 to the High Court bench, where he sat both in commercial cases and in other matters including crime.

He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1999 to hear both civil and criminal appeals.

He was president of the British Insurance Law Association in 2000-2002, and has been a trustee of the European Law Academy since 2003. He is chairman of Hampstead Counselling Service and the author and editor or various legal works, articles and lectures.  

He has since 2003 continued to represent the United Kingdom on the CCJE.