Honorary Board

Patrícia Galvão Teles

Patrícia has been a Member of the International Law Commission since 2017.  She has been Adjunct Professor of International Law and EU Law at the Autonomous University of Lisbon since 2002 and Senior Legal Consultant on International Law to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2015.  Previously, she was Legal Advisor at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels from 2008 to 2015 and a Legal Consultant on International Law at the Legal Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2008.  She attended the ILS in 1998.

Claudio Grossman

Claudio Grossman has been a Member of the International Law Commission since 2017.  He is Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law.  In 2015 he was elected President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.  Professor Grossman has previously served as a member of the United Nations Committee against Torture from 2003 to 2015, and its chair from 2008 to 2015.  He was also the Chair of the UN Treaty Bodies in 2015.  He served on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1993 to 2001, during which he was twice elected its President in 1996 and 2001.  He attended the ILS in 1974.

Mahmoud D. Hmoud

Mahmoud D. Hmoud has been a Member of the ILC since 2007. He is presently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Republic of Singapore. He has previously served as the legal advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan, advising the Jordanian government on legal matters relating to Jordan’s foreign policy and international relations. He was formerly Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Jordan to the UN during Jordan’s membership of the UN Security Council and served as President of the Security Council in 2015. He has represented Jordan in bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations and acted as counsel for Jordan before international legal bodies, including the ICJ, ICSID and the ICC. He attended the ILS in 2000.

Marcelo Kohen

Marcelo Kohen is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1995.  He is a Titular Member of the Institut de Droit international, and its Secretary General since 2015.  He has worked as legal counsel and advocate for a number of states before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and other international courts and tribunals.  He has been Rapporteur or Co-rapporteur for the International Law Association, the Council of Europe and the Institut de Droit International.  His research interests include international law theory, territorial, maritime and border disputes as well as international dispute settlement.  He attended the ILS in 1989.

Marja Lehto

Marja Lehto has been a Member of the International Law Commission and Special Rapporteur for the topic Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts since 2017.  She is currently Ambassador (Senior Expert, Public International Law) at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki.  Prior to her current appointment, she was the Ambassador of Finland to Luxembourg from 2009 to 2014 and the Director of the Public International Law Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland from 2000 to 2009.  During her diplomatic and legal career, she has represented Finland in many multilateral negotiations, including the negotiations concerning the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and several UN and regional counter-terrorist conventions.  She has published widely on different areas of public international law, in particular international responsibility for terrorist acts, use of force, State succession and the law of the sea.  She attended the ILS in 1993.

Shinya Murase

Shinya Murase has been a Member of the International Law Commission since 2009 and is currently the Special Rapporteur for the topic, “Protection of the Atmosphere”.  He is also Professor Emeritus at the Jochi (Sophia) University in Tokyo where he was Professor of Law from 1993 to 2014.  He is currently Visiting Professor at Peking University Faculty of Law.  In addition, he has been a Member of the Institute of International Law (Institut de droit international) since 2011 and is a Member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association.  Previously, he was a judge on the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank from 1998 to 2004, a Member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law from 2004 to 2017, Professor at Rikkyo University College of Law from 1982 to 1993 and a Legal Officer at the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs from 1980 to 1982.  He attended the ILS in 1975.

Ki-Gab Park

Ki-Gab Park has been a Member of the International Law Commission since 2012.  He is currently Professor of Law at the Korea University in Seoul and has lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law.  In addition, he is a Member of the international nuclear liability experts group of the International Atomic Energy Agency since 2011 and Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Law Committee of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development from 2009 to 2018.  

Chris Peter

Chris Maina Peter has been a Member of the International Law Commission since 2012. He is currently Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania. He has previously served as a Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) from 2008 to 2012. Over the past three decades, he has played an active role in legal and constitutional reform efforts in Tanzania, resulting in the establishment of the Tanzania Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance. He has also founded and served on the boards of several human rights NGOs active in the wider region, including the Zanzibar Legal Services Centre, Legal and Human Rights Centre Kituo cha Katiba, the Foundation for Civil Society, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa and the International Governance Alliance. Prof. Peter is author of several books on human rights, constitutionalism and investments.