Judge Thomas Buergenthal has served on the International Court of Justice since 2000. He is a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee and serves on the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators. He is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.
Prior to his election to the ICJ, Judge Buergenthal was the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School and Director of its International Rule of Law Center. Earlier he held endowed professorships, inter alia, at the University of Texas and Emory University Law Schools and served as Dean of the Washington College of Law of the American University.
Between 1979-91, Judge Buergenthal was a judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He also served as judge and President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank, and was Vice Chairman of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. In the 1990s, Judge Buergenthal was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee as well as the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador.
Judge Buergenthal graduated from Bethany College, WV. He received his J.D. degree from the New York University Law School, and his LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the Harvard Law School. He is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees from American and European Universities. Judge Buergenthal is the author and co-author of more than a dozen books and numerous law review articles on international law and related topics.