Judge Albert J. Hoffmann

Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2005; re-elected as from 1 October 2014; Vice-President of the Tribunal 2011-2014

Born: Vanderbijl Park, South Africa, 18 May 1955.

Education: B. Proc, University of Johannesburg (1979); LL.B, University of Johannesburg (1982); LL.M (cum laude), University of Johannesburg (1987); LL.M, Programme University of Pretoria (1990); LL.M, Programme UNITAR/Columbia University, New York (2003).

Professional Experience: Law clerk, Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg (1974-1975); Court and political reporter for a daily newspaper, Johannesburg (1976-1977); General Secretary to the Afrikaans Student Union and Student Press Union (1978-1979); Articled clerk with firm of attorneys, Johannesburg (1980-1982); admitted as Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (1983); Ministry of Foreign Affairs: State Law Adviser (1983-1989), Senior State Law Adviser (1990-1991), Chief State Law Adviser (1992-1999), Legal Adviser, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN (1999-2003), Chief Director, Legal Affairs (2004-2005); Senior Lecturer, courses in Advanced and Applied International Law, LLM Programme, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2008–2011); Lecturer, Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, 17th and 18th sessions (2012–2013).

Member: Adviser, South African delegation, annual meetings, London Convention on the prevention of marine pollution by dumping of waste and other matter at sea (1985-1992); Adviser, South African delegations to the Southeast Atlantic Fisheries Organization, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fishery Resources in the Southern Indian Ocean and in the Southeast Atlantic Ocean, the Agreement for the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (1986-1996); bilateral commissions on maritime boundary delimitation with regard to the lateral boundary between South Africa/Namibia and South Africa/Mozambique (1986-1999); Adviser and South African representative, Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and the Special Sessions for the elaboration of the Protocol for the protection of the Antarctic environment (1987-1998); Antarctic Management Committee responsible for the management and coordination of South Africa's involvement in Antarctica (1987-1998); South African representative, Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly (1993-2003); Editorial Board, South African Yearbook for International Law (1993-2012); Executive member, South African Branch, International Law Association (1994-present); regular judge, South African rounds, Jessup International Moot Court Competition (1995-present); South African representative, Meetings of States Parties to the Convention and meetings of the Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (1998-2004); Finance Committee, International Seabed Authority (1999-2001); Preparatory Commission for the establishment of the International Criminal Court and the First Assembly of States Parties (1999-2003); regular participant, annual debate in the UN General Assembly on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (1999-2004); South African representative, Assembly and Council, International Seabed Authority (1999-2004); Legal and Technical Commission, International Seabed Authority (Chairman 2002-2005); Conciliation Committee, International Seabed Authority (Chairman 2002-2005); Commonwealth list of maritime boundary consultants (2004-present).

Publications and Lectures: Numerous lectures on international law, law of the sea and South African law; numerous legal opinions and briefings on the sovereignty of Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands and the issues relating to the generation and delimitation of maritime zones; "The relevance of South Africa's islands in the generation of maritime zones", paper presented at the National Maritime Conference, Cape Town, 1987; "Prince Edward Islands: Historical and legal background", feasibility study for the construction of a landing strip on Marion Island, 1989; "Integrated approach to the protection and preservation of the marine environment and to the conservation and management of its resources from a developing country perspective", presentation at a discussion panel during the Third Meeting of the UN Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, New York, 2002; "Aspects of the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts relating to the protection of the International Seabed environment", paper presented at a workshop organized by the International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica, 2004; "Resources of the Seabed and Subsoil: Issues and Options", paper presented at an international workshop organized by the Argentine Council for Foreign Relations, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2006; "UNCLOS and the Resources of the Seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction", paper presented at a workshop organized by the Taiwan Ocean University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2007; “International Adjudication: Roles and Challenges”, guest lecture given at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, 2012.