Proposed candidates for the mandate should be put forward on the basis of technical, professional and other requirements.
Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 5/1 sets general criteria that are of ‘paramount importance while nominating, selecting and appointing mandate-holders:
(b) experience in the field of the mandate;
(e) personal integrity; and
HRC decision 6/102 establishes four technical and objective requirements (qualifications, relevant expertise, established competence and flexibility/readiness and availability of time) to be considered in the selection of Special Procedures mandate-holders.
The following checklist is intended as an interpretive aid for those requirements.