The Registrar

    Philippe Gautier
    (Registrar of the Tribunal since 21 September 2001)

    Born: Bujumbura, Burundi, 1 February 1960. 

    Education: Master of Laws (1982), Master of Philosophy (1983), Master of Laws (European Law) (1985), Doctor of Law (Ph.D) (1992), Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve).   

    Professional Experience: Administrator (Treaty Directorate, 1984-1988; Law of the Sea/Antarctica Office, 1988-1991), Deputy Director, Head of the Law of the Sea/Antarctica Office (1991-1995), Director, Head of the Treaties Division (1995-1997), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium; Assistant (1985-1993), Lecturer (1993-1996), Professor (1996-present), Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve); Lecturer, University of Butare (Rwanda) (1987), University for Peace (San José, Costa Rica) (2002-2004), Amsterdam Law School (2004-2005), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (2006-present), The Hague Academy of International Law, Advanced Studies in International Law (2011), IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta (2011-present), University of Wuhan (2016, 2017); Deputy Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (1997-2001).

    Member: Belgian delegation to: Maritime boundary negotiations with France, United Kingdom and The Netherlands (1991–1996), Preparatory Commission for the International Seabed Authority and for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (1989–1990, Head 1991–1994), Consultations of the UN Secretary-General concerning Part XI of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1991-1994), UN Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (1993), Antarctic Consultative meetings (1990, Head 1991–1996);  Belgian Society of International Law; Société française pour le droit international; Association internationale du droit de la mer; Center for International Law, Free University of Brussels; Scientific Council, Institut du Droit Economique de la Mer (Monaco); International Foundation for the Law of the Sea.

    Publications: Author of publications on international law, including: Essai sur la définition des traités entre Etats, 1993; "De 1982 à 1994: les étapes d'une modification ‘singulière’ de la partie XI de la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer de 1982", RBDI, 1995; "Le plateau continental de la Belgique et sa délimitation – quelques réflexions sur la notion d'accord implicite", RBDI, 1995; "Institutional developments in the Antarctic Treaty System",  International Law for Antarctica, 1996; “La procédure devant le Tribunal International du droit de la mer”, Espaces et ressources maritimes, 1998; “The Reparation for Injuries Case Revisited: The Personality of the European Union”, Max-Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, 2000; reports on the activities of the Tribunal in the Chinese Journal of International Law, 2003–2012; The Exclusive Economic Zone and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982–2000: a preliminary assessment of State practice (co-ed.), 2003; “Les affaires de ‘prompte mainlevée’ devant le Tribunal international du droit de la mer”, The Global Community – Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence, 2003, Vol. 1; “Sentence rendue le 14 janvier 2003 par le tribunal arbitral constitué par le Gouvernement de la République française et l’UNESCO sur la question du régime fiscal des pensions versées aux fonctionnaires retraités de l’UNESCO résidant en France”, AFDI, 2003; “NGOs and Law of the Sea Disputes”, Civil Society, International Courts and Compliance Bodies, 2005; The Rules of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: A Commentary (co-ed.), 2006; “L’Etat du pavillon et la protection des intérêts liés au navire”, Liber amicorum Lucius Caflisch, 2007; “Environmental damage and the United Nations Claims Commission : new directions for future international environmental cases?”, Liber Amicorum Judge Thomas A. Mensah, 2007; “Les accords informels et la convention de Vienne sur le droit des traités entre Etats”, Liber Amicorum Jean Salmon, 2007; “Mesures conservatoires, préjudice irreparable et protection de l’environnement”, Liber Amicorum Jean-Pierre Cot, 2009; “Urgent Proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea”, Issues in Legal Scholarship, Berkeley Electronic Press, 2009; “Le règlement obligatoire des différends relatifs au droit de la mer et la pratique des Etats”, in: The Global Community – Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence, 2009; “Applicabilité directe et droit de la mer”, in: Liber Amicorum Daniel Vignes, 2009; The Exercise of Jurisdiction over Vessels: New Developments in the Fields of Pollution, Fisheries, Crimes at Sea and Trafficking of Weapons of Mass Destruction (co-ed.), 2011; “On the Classification of Obligations in International Law”, in: Coexistence, Cooperation and Solidarity: Liber Amicorum Rüdiger Wolfrum, 2011; “Article 1” and “Article 2”, The Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties – A Commentary, 2011; “Le rôle du Tribunal international du droit de la mer dans le maintien de l’ordre public en mer”, in: Ordre public et Mer, Pédone, 2012; “Advisory Proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea”, in: Technical and Legal Aspects of the Continental Shelf and the Area, Beijing, 2012; “Quelques reflexions sur l’accès à la justice international dans le cadre du règlement des différends realtifs au droit de la mer”, in: Liber Amicorum Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo, 2013; “Les vertus pratiques des obligations générales relatives à l’environnement dans la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer”, in: Liber Amicorum Tullio Treves, 2013; “Locus standi and breaches of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea”, in: Liber Amicorum A. Kolodkin, 2013;  “The Role of International Courts and Tribunals in the Development of Environmental Law”, Proceedings of the ASIL Annual Meeting, Vol. 109, 2015; “La contribution du Tribunal international du droit de la mer au droit de l’environnement”, in: Annuaire du droit de la mer, 2016; “Access to International Courts and Tribunals in Law of the Sea Disputes”, in: Liber Amicorum: In Honour of a Modern Renaissance Man - His Excellency Gudmundur Eiriksson, J. Sainz-Borgo, H. Gudmundsdottir et al. (eds), University for Peace/O.P. Jindal Global University/Universal Law Publishing, 2017.