The Elgar Companion to the International Court of Justice
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The Elgar Companion to the International Court of Justice

  • Elgar Companions to International Courts and Tribunals series

Robert Kolb

The first in a series of Companions that offer broad coverage of a range of international courts and tribunals, The Elgar Companion to the International Court of Justice is a one-stop reference for those wishing to understand this highly significant and successful court.
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Chapter 7: The judges of the Court: Some portraits

Robert Kolb


A perusal of the Yearbook of the ICJ, in which biographies of the judges are published, reveals a truly impressive picture. All the judges have remarkable careers behind them, the types of which vary according to whether they are from a diplomatic or a more academic background. To take one example, that of the eminent United States judge, Thomas Buergenthal, elected to the Court in 2000: Born in Lubochna, Slovakia (United States national), on 11 May 1934. B.A., Bethany College, West Virginia (1957); Juris Doctor, New York University School of Law (Root Tilden Scholar) (1960); Master of Laws, Harvard Law School (1961); Doctor of Juridical Science, Harvard Law School (1968). Honorary Doctorates in Law: Bethany College (1981), University of Heidelberg (1986), Free University of Brussels (1994), State University of New York (Buffalo) (2000), American University Washington College of Law (2002), University of Minnesota (2003) and George Washington University Law School (2004). Member of the Bars of the State of New York, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court. Professor of Law, State University of New York (Buffalo) School of Law (1962–1975); Fulbright and Jaworski Professor of International Law, University of Texas School of Law (1975–1980); Dean and Professor of International Law, American University Washington College of Law (1980–1985); I.T. Cohen Professor of Human Rights, Emory University School of Law, and Director, Human Rights Program of the Carter Center (1985–1989); Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence and Presiding Director, International Rule of Law Center, The George Washington University Law School (1989–2000).

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