Björn Janson

Ethics officer


Björn Janson  was nominated Ethics Officer of the Council of Europe as of 1 January 2021.

He is also Deputy Executive Secretary of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), an enlarged partial agreement of the Council of Europe, monitoring member States’ compliance with Council of Europe anti-corruption standards. 

Björn Janson holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Lund. 

He started his career in the Swedish court system, where he was trained and worked as a judge for several years, including in various district courts and in the Court of Appeal in Stockholm. 
Björn Janson has served in the Council of Europe for more than 25 years; in the European Commission of Human rights, in DGI (Human Rights and Rule of Law, previously Legal Affairs) dealing with legal co-operation, justice, police and prison reform. He has also worked in the inter-governmental field with standard-setting in relation to criminal matters as well as in the media division. He has been the secretary of various expert committees and head of division. Björn Janson was heavily involved in the preparation and drafting of the European Code of Police Ethics, before joining the GRECO team.