Former UP Law alumnus and lecturer, Judge Albert Hoffmann, now President of the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas

Posted on October 08, 2020

The Faculty of Law (UP Law) at the University of Pretoria (UP) extends hearty congratulations to former colleague Judge Albert Hoffmann who was elected as the President of the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on 2 October 2020 for the term 2020 to 2023.  The President represents the Tribunal in its relations with States and other entities and is required by the Statute of the Tribunal to reside permanently at the seat of the Tribunal in Hamburg.  
 
ITLOS is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the Convention.  According to the ITLOS website, 'The Tribunal is composed of 21 independent members, elected from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and of recognised competence in the field of the Law of the Sea.'
 
Judge Hoffmann was a lecturer at the University of Pretoria in the​ Department of Public Law on the​ LLM course in ​International ​L​aw​ from 2008 to 2011.​
 
​UP Law is proud of our link with Judge Hoffmann and extends our best wishes to him on his new career voyage.​
- Author Elzet Hurter
Published by Elzet Hurter

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