Morten Kjaerum (born in Denmark, 1957), is director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. He has 23 years of human rights experience and is the former director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
He is an expert within the field of international human rights law and development of methodologies and strategies for the implementation of human rights. In 2004 he was elected President of the International Coordination Committee for National Human Rights Institutions (ICC), a network coordinating the relation between the UN and national institutions to the UN Commission on Human Rights and other relevant UN institutions.
Morten is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency is currently conducting a report on the equal protection of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals in the European Union. The FRA published in June 2008 the first part of its report on "Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation in the EU Member States", a legal analysis, which calls for "equal right to equal treatment".
Morten Kjaerum was recently awarded by the Danish National Association of Gay and Lesbians (LBL) for “a courageous effort for homo-, bi- and transsexual people’s rights and conditions” in contexts where the normal stance taken is negative.