President Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn

Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2008; President of the Tribunal since 1 October 2014; President of the Seabed Disputes Chamber 2011-2014

Born: Moscow, Russian Federation, 27 February 1947.

Education: Red Diploma, International Affairs (with honours), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1970); Candidate of Juridical Sciences, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1975); Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988).

Professional Experience: Lecturer on international law, Law, Diplomatic and Economic Faculties, Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations (1975–1981); Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former USSR: Legal Expert, Legal and Treaty Department (1975–1979), Member of the Inter-Agency Working Group of the Supreme Soviet responsible for the preparation of draft laws on territorial sea and fishery zone (1976–1980), Head, Division of Public International Law, Legal and Treaty Department (1979–1982), Member of the Inter-Agency Working Group of the Council of Ministers on the Arctic and Spitsbergen (1979–1982), leader or member of the USSR delegations at various conferences and meetings; United Nations, New York: Legal Officer, Office of the Legal Counsel (1982–1986), Acting Secretary of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country (1983), Secretary of the Committee on Applications for Review of the Administrative Tribunal Judgments (1985–1996), Senior Legal Officer, Office of the Legal Counsel (1986–1997), Secretary, Plenary of the Preparatory Commission for the International Seabed Authority and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (1987–1994), Liaison officer at UNHQ for the International Court of Justice (1995–2004), Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Legal Counsel (1997–2003), Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (2004–2007), representative of the United Nations at the 92nd and 97th sessions of the Council of IMO, at the 26th session of the Committee on Fisheries of FAO and at the Fourth Meeting of Regional Fisheries Organizations (Rome, March 2005); Chief Legal Counsel of the delegation of the Russian Federation in two prompt release cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (2007); Professor (2007–2011) and Visiting Professor (2012) of International Law, Moscow State University of International Relations; lecturer, Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy (2009–present); lecturer, IFLOS Summer Academy (2009–present); Speaker: The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands (Paris, May 2010), The Third Aspen Environment Forum (Aspen, USA, July 2010), The 74th Conference of the International Law Association (The Hague, August 2010), Law of the Sea Institute Conference “Institutions and Regions in Ocean Governance” (Hamburg, October 2010), International Conference in Memory of Professor Tunkin (Moscow, November 2010); International Conference on “Arctic Science, International Law and Climate Change” (Berlin, March 2011); 1st Conference on “The Use of the Oceans’ Energy Resources, Risk Management, and the Need for Regulation” (Hamburg, June 2011); International Symposium on “Safety, Security and Environmental Protection of Straits Used in International Navigation: Is International Law Meeting the Challenge?” (Istanbul, September 2011); UNITAR Training Course for young specialists from the Commonwealth of Independent States (Moscow, April 2012); Seventh Annual International Conference on “Securing the Oceans for the Next Generation” (Seoul, May 2012); Second EU-USA Conference Series on “Sustainable Oceans: Developing a new International Architecture for Maritime Policy” (New York, July 2012); Seminar on “International Cooperation in the Protection of Environment, Preservation and Rational Use of Biological Resources in the Arctic Ocean” (Moscow, September 2012); Round-Table Panel Discussion on “Current Issues Regarding the Delimitation of the Outer Continental Shelf” (Hamburg, September 2012); Presentation “The mandate and work of the Seabed Disputes Chamber”, 3rd International Symposium on Technical Aspects of the Extended Continental Shelf and the Area (Beijing, November 2012); Professor of International Law, Moscow State University (2012); Visiting Professor of International Law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) (2012); Lectures on “Legal Regime of the Arctic and Antarctic – Environmental Aspects”, UNITAR Training Course for young specialists from the Commonwealth of Independent States (Moscow, April 2013); Presentation “How Effective is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea? Gaps in Law and Gaps in Applying the Law”, EU-USA Conference Series on “Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection of Environment” (Cascais, Portugal, June 2013); Presentation “Human Rights and Environmental Law”, Annual International Conference (Moscow, October 2013).

Member: Soviet Association of International Law (1975–1982); Soviet Association of Maritime Law (1975–1982); American Society of International Law (1991–2005); Canadian Council of International Law (1989–1991); Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Oceans (2004–present); Global Forum Working Group on Governance of Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (2006–present); Russian Association of International Law (Russian branch of the International Law Association) (2007–present); Russian Association of International Maritime Law (2007–present, Vice-President 2009–present); Arctic Council of the World Economic Forum (2012); Global Ocean Commission (2013).

Publications: Author of three books and more than 30 articles on international law, Antarctica, the law of the sea and environmental law, including: “Free zones and land-locked States” (in Russian), Maritime Law and Practice No. 34 (303) (Morskoe pravo y practica), 1975; “Land-locked States and the question of limits of jurisdiction of coastal States”(in Russian), Materials on Maritime Law and International Trade Navigation (Materialy po Morscomu Pravu y Mesdunarodnomu Torgovomu Moreplavaniu), Transport No. 8, 1976; “Antarctica – area of peaceful cooperation (in Russian), Soviet State and International Maritime Law, Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Science (Sbornik “Sovetskoe Gosudarstvo y Provo” Institut Gosudarstva y Prava Akademii Nauk), Moscow, March 1977; “Land-locked States and International Law of the Sea”, International Affairs, 1978; “Questions of interpretation of the Antarctic Treaty”, Soviet State and Law, No. 8, 1978; “International legal regulation of conservation and rational use of Antarctic marine living resources” (in Russian), International Fisheries (Mezdunarodnoye rybolovstvo), International law issues, No. 12, 1980; “Antarctica –international legal regime”, International Affairs, 1983; “Antarctica – Tendencies of Development of international regime”, International Affairs, 1989; Interrelation of the Institutions under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea with other Institutions, Kluwer Law International, 1998; “Commentaries on articles 4–8 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice” (together with P. Georget and R. Zacklin); A Commentary. The Statute of the International Court of Justice, A. Zimmermann, Ch. Tomuschat and K. Oellers-Frahm (eds), 2006; “Work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf”, International Symposium on Scientific and Technical Aspects of the Establishment of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 Nautical Miles, Proceedings, Tokyo, 2006; “Legal Aspects of Exploitation and Conservation of Resources of the Seabed Area and Subsoil”, International Workshop on Resources of the Seabed Area and Subsoil, Legal, Scientific and Economic Aspects of its Exploitation and Conservation, Proceedings, Buenos Aires, 2006; “Continental Shelf Claims in the Arctic Ocean: A Commentary”, The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 24, 2009; “Major Challenges of Globalization for Seas and Oceans: Legal Aspects”, Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalization (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill), 2010; “Climate Change, Marine Science and Delineation of the Continental Shelf”, Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht, vol. 235, S. Wasum-Rainer et al. (eds.), 2012; A Commentary. The Statute of the International Court of Justice, A. Zimmermann, Ch. Tomuschat, K. Oellers-Frahm and Ch. Tams (eds), 2nd ed., 2012; “Prompt Release Procedure in Cases of Marine Pollution”, International Law of the Sea, Essays in Memory of Anatoly L. Kolodkin, Statut, Moscow, 2013.