Emil Ruffer – chair
Emil Ruffer has been the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe since 2016.
Prior to this, he was Deputy Director (2007-2008) and then Director (2008-2016) of the EU law Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Among other diplomatic posts, he was Third Secretary at the Czech Embassy in London during the United Kingdom Presidency of the Council of the EU. He has carried out functions in Berlin and London during his time at the Diplomatic Academy of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Charles University in Prague (Ph.D. degree in European Law in 2007), studied at the Cardiff Law School (Wales) and Law Faculty of the Humboldt University in Berlin and holds a diploma in English and European Law from the University of Cambridge. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Fordham Law School, New York in 2011.