Hon. Thomas Buergenthal

Professor of Law, George Washington University Judge of the International Court of Justice (2000 - 10)

Hon. Thomas Buergenthal

Professor of Law, George Washington University Judge of the International Court of Justice (2000 - 10)

Hon. Judge Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law at the George Washington University Law School. He served on the International Court of Justice from 2000 to 2010, and as Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from 1979 to 1991. Judge Buergenthal has also served on the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the U.N. Truth Commission for El Salvador, and as chairman of the Committee of Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He is a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee, and the Honorary President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

Hon. Buergenthal is the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Manley O. Hudson Medal of the American Society of International Law, the Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize, and the Goler Butcher Human Rights Prize. His academic career includes service as Dean of Washington College of Law at American University and endowed professorships at the University of Texas and Emory University, where he was also the Director of the Human Rights Program of the Carter Center. In addition, he is the author of more than a dozen books and numerous articles on international legal subjects, and his autobiography, which is entitled A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as Young Boy. Hon. Buergenthal received his B.A. from Bethany College, his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.