Remembering Michel Paternotre, International Election Expert

March 2014

ERIS is deeply saddened that Michel Paternotre has died.  Michel worked for ERIS on a number of occasions, and quite simply was an expert who behaved with the greatest integrity.  On a professional level, he was sharp, reliable, political, thoughtful and always prepared to be his own man and stand out from the crowd if necessary.  On a personal level, he was warm, unselfish and thoughtful of others. 

Typically, one of his last messages was to express appreciation for the way in which staff at ERIS had handled administrative difficulties during a recent mission and to stress appreciation for the work of his fellow experts on the mission.  Michel will be greatly missed in the democracy community and leaves an example for us to follow in both our professional and personal lives.  We will remember him with warmth and gratitude.

Michel's work experience included ten years in electoral technical assistance and observation missions with the OSCE (Bosnia), the UN (Kosovo, East Timor, Comoros), the EU (Benin, East Timor, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Haiti, Togo) and the Carter Center (Ivory Coast). He co-authored Democracy Reporting International reports on Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria.

He also spent four years at the European Commission Secretariat General (institutional affairs), three years as a consultant in European political and social affairs for European trade union research centres, and worked as political officer at the European Commission Technical Assistance Office in Jerusalem from 2005-2006.