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News article1 March 2021Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

Call for experts: implementation of the EU’s Anti-torture Regulation

The European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments launches a call for experts to provide technical expertise in support of the implementation of the EU’s Anti-Torture Regulation in line with the review report of 30 July 2020.

The EU’s Anti-torture Regulation is a unique tool in the EU’s efforts to promote human rights and human dignity around the globe. It provides the framework for binding trade restrictions on a range of goods used for capital punishment, torture or other ill treatment.

The latest report reviewing the Regulation, adopted on 30 July 2020, outlines further action to make the Regulation and its implementation more effective and to ensure it continues to make an important contribution to the fight against torture and the death penalty.

The Service for Foreign Policy Instruments is now setting-up an informal group of experts whose function will be to provide technical expertise in support of a more effective implementation of the Regulation and to examine some of the issues highlighted in the review report.

Experts must have proven and relevant competence and experience, including at European and international level, in areas relevant to human rights, eradication of torture and the death penalty, including trade in goods used for torture, other ill-treatment or the death penalty.

This informal group of experts will also provide a platform for a more systematic interaction with a wide-ranging group of stakeholders, including potentially Member States' authorities, international organisations, individuals and non-governmental organizations.

The group may gather together for meetings up to three times per year. These will be organised in virtual format and, if possible, as of 2022 will take place once a year in Brussels. The expert group will be chaired by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments.

The deadline for receiving applications is 31 March 2021. Full requirements are available in and Call for Expressions of Interest which comprises the Terms of Reference and the Call for Applications.


As part of its responsibility for foreign policy-related regulatory instruments, the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments is the lead service for Regulation (EU) 2019/125 of 16 January 2019 concerning trade in certain goods that could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (the EU’s ‘Anti-Torture Regulation’).

More information:

EU Anti-Torture Regulation

Expert group for the implementation of the EU Anti-Torture Regulation (ATR) (E03762)

Terms of Reference

Call for Applications


Publication date
1 March 2021
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments