Judge Jean-Pierre Cot

Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2002; re-elected as from 1 October 2011; President of the Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes 2008-2011

Born: Geneva, 23 October 1937. 

Education: Licence en droit, Docteur en droit public, Paris Law Faculty (1955–1965); Agrégé des facultés de droit et des sciences économiques (1966). 

Professional Experience: Professor of public and international law and Dean, University of Amiens (1966–1969); Professor of public and international law, University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (1969–1998); Emeritus Professor, University of Paris-I (1999–present); Associate Research Fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles (1999–present); Counsel and Advocate in a number of cases before the International Court of Justice: Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Republic of Mali), Territorial Dispute (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya/Chad), Kasikili/Sedudu Islands (Botswana/Namibia), Armed activities on the territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Burundi), Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria (Cameroon v. Nigeria), Sovereignty over Pulau Litigan and Pulau Sipadan (Indonesia/Malaysia); Member of an arbitral tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce; Counsel and advocate, arbitral tribunal, France/UNESCO; President of an arbitral tribunal established within the framework of the European Development Fund; member of an arbitral tribunal in the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration between Bangladesh and India; member of an arbitral tribunal in the case The Republic of the Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China; Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice, Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine), Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador v. Colombia), Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), Temple of Preah Vihear, Interpretation (Cambodia v. Thailand) and Questions relating to the Seizure and Detention of Certain Documents and Data (Timor-­Leste v. Australia).

Public Office: Member of Parliament for Savoie (1973–1981); Minister, Cooperation and Development (1981–1982); President of the first Conference on Lesser Developed Countries (1981); Executive Board of UNESCO (1983–1984); European Parliament (1978–1979 and 1984–1999); President of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament (1984–1989); President of the Socialist Group of the European Parliament (1989–1994); Vice-President of the European Parliament (1997–1999).

Member: Société française pour le droit international (President 2004–2012).

Publications: Author of numerous books and articles dealing with international law, European law and political science, in particular La conciliation internationale, 1968, Pedone, Paris and co-author of La Charte des Nations Unies, commentaire article par article, 3. ed., 2005, Economica, Paris. 

Distinctions: Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.