Judge Boualem Bouguetaia

Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2008; Vice-President of the Tribunal 2014-2017; President of the Special Chamber formed to deal with the Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean 2015-2017

Born: Oued Rhiou, Algeria, 21 September 1946.

Education: B.A. in Public Law, University of Paris (1972); Masters Degree in Public Law (International Law), University of Paris (1973); Diploma, Economic and Financial Sector, Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1975); Ph.D. in Public Law (International Law), University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (magna cum laude, 1979).

Professional Experience: Researcher-writer, Embassy of Algeria, Paris (1972–1975); member, Algerian delegation, Western Sahara, Advisory Opinion, International Court of Justice, The Hague (1975); auditor, Academy of International Law, The Hague (1974, 1975 and 1981); legal adviser, Ministry of National Defence (1975–1979); member, Algerian delegation, Conference on Humanitarian Law (additional protocol of 1977 to the Geneva Conventions) (1976–1977); deputy head, Algerian delegation, Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (1976–1980); member, Drafting Committee of the Preamble of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1976–1980); lecturer, Algiers University (1980); lawyer at the Bar of Algiers (1983); lecturer, Algiers University of Law (1984); elected member of the National Assembly as well as member of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs and of the Finance Committee (1987); elected President of the Algerian-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Group (1988); coordinator, Ad-Hoc Committee on Africa, National Institute of Global Strategy Studies (1990); elected Vice-President of the Algerian-Japanese Friendship Association (1991); Director, Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Algiers (1993–2001); head, Algerian delegation to the international conference on the setting-up of the International Criminal Court, Rome (1998); consultant, Organization of African Unity (OAU) (1999); editor of draft legal instruments establishing the African Union and the Pan-African Parliament (1999); head, Algerian delegation to the OAU conference for the adoption of the Protocol on Pan-African Parliament, Pretoria (2000); Ambassador of Algeria to Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau (2001); head, Algerian delegation to the Algerian-Tunisian and Algerian-Libyan negotiations on the delimitation of land and sea borders (1994–2002); representative of Algeria at numerous international congresses, conferences and symposia; Ambassador/counsel, Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006–present); participation as commentator, international forum on delimitation problems in the South China Sea, Guangzhou (China), June 2011; workshop on behalf of UNITAR at The Hague Academy of International Law, “The New Development in Law of the Sea”, “Piracy: New ways and means of combatting it”, April 2013; Fourth International Symposium on Scientific and Legal Aspects of the Regimes of the Continental Shelf and the Area, China Maritime Institute, Xiamen, April 2014; international workshop on “New developments in the law of the sea”, South China Sea Institute, Xiamen University, April 2014; Co-chair, “Maritime boundary delimitation issues in the East China Sea”, Korean Maritime Institute, Seoul, May 2014; course at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Maritime delimitation problems in the Mediterranean Sea: the particular nature of semi-enclosed seas”, April 2015; conference on “The International Criminal Court and Arab countries”, held at the University of St Joseph in Beirut, November 2015, published in the files of the colloquium on the International Criminal Court; Dehukam International Workshop 2016 “Legal Status of Submarine Cables, Pipelines and ABNJ”, Ankara, Turkey, April 2016; member, Société française de droit international.

Distinctions: Commandeur de l’ordre du Lion, Senegal (2005).

Publications: Among others: “Les aspects internationaux du problème kurde”, Paris I-Sorbonne, 1974; “Non-Alignement : nécessité d’une synthèse supérieure”, El-Moudjahid, 3 March 1976; Les Frontières méridionales de l’Algérie, Hinterland et Uti Possidetis, S.N.E.D., 1981; “L’intégrité territoriale, intangibilité et autodétermination des peuples en Afrique”, Revue des Sciences Sociales, No. 9, S.N.E.D., 1981; “L’Afrique entre la proie et l’ombre”, Révolution Africaine, No. 1137, 19 December 1985 and Algérie Actualité, 20 December 1985; “Le Non-alignement : de l’affirmation à la confirmation des principes”, international colloquium at Petrovaradin, Yugoslavia, 1–3 April 1985, published in Institute of International Politics and Economics, Belgrade, 1986; “La conception algérienne de l’unité maghrébine”, statement at the colloquium on “Maghreb entre l’unité et l’unification”, Algiers, 17–18 June 1986, published by the Institut des Sciences Politiques et des Relations Internationales, Algiers; “Les profondeurs sahariennes de la sécurité en Méditerranée : éléments pour l’élaboration d’une politique de défense”, seminar of the Institut National d’Etudes de Stratégie Globale, Algiers, 15–16 June 1988.