András Sajó was elected Judge on the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Hungary in February 2008. He was Vice-President of Section from 1 January 2015 to 31 July 2015, President of Section from 1 August 2015, and Vice-President of the Court from November 2015 until his retirement from the Court the end of January 2017. Judge Sajó received his law degree at the ELTE Law School of Budapest in 1972, after which he held various research fellow positions at the Institute for State and Law, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He received the PhD and Habilitation at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1977 and 1982; he was founder and spokesperson of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Budapest, 1988-1994; Legal Counsellor to the President of Hungary, 1991-1992; Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, University Professor, Central European University (Budapest), 1993-2007. He was named a member of the American Law Institute and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been since 1990 Recurrent Visiting Professor, Cardozo School of Law, New York, and of the Global Faculty, New York University Law School, since 1996. From 2001-2007 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Society Justice Initiative of New York.