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14 October 1936 born in Würzburg, Bavaria
July 1954 Abitur (high school leaving certificate/B.Sc.), Holbein Gymnasium Augsburg
1954-1958 studied law at the universities of Munich, Freiburg, and Saarbrücken
December 1958 first law degree (German State Exam./B.C.L.), Saarbrücken
July 1959 Graduate Diploma, Institute of European Studies, University of Saarbrücken
1959-1960 French Govt. scholarship for international legal studies, Faculty of Law, Paris
June 1960 doctorate exam. (international law/ mention bien), University of Paris
1960-1961 Canada Council scholarship, McGill University Montreal
July 1961 student internship, UN Secretariat New York
1961-1962 graduate research fellowship in international law, Univ. of California, Berkeley
August 1962 Graduate Diploma, International Faculty of Comparative Law (Helsinki session)
October 1962 Master of Laws (LL.M.), McGill University Montreal
1962-1963 Assistant to the Director, Institute of European Studies, Univ. of Saarbrücken
1963-1965 Assistant Professor of Law, McGill University Montreal
1965-1968 Visiting Lecturer (Ford Foundation), Faculty of Law, University of Addis Ababa
1968-1970 Associate Professor of Law, McGill University Montreal
1970-1978 Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome
July-Sept. 1971 Guest Scholar in Environmental Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington/DC
1978-1981 Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Morges & Gland/Switzerland
1981-1983 Assistant Director-General/Acting Director-General, International Union for Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources (IUCN/World Conservation Union)
1983-1986 Chief/Environmental Law Unit, & Deputy Director/Environmental Management, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi
1986-1991 Senior Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), Geneva
1991-1992 Principal Programme Officer, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Geneva & Rio de Janeiro
1992-1994 Legal Adviser for Environmental Affairs, World Bank, Washington/DC
July-Sept. 1994 Director of Studies, Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations, Hague Academy of International Law
1995 Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) in International Environmental Law, Institute of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Munich
July-Sept. 1996 Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Center, Bellagio/Italy
July-Sept. 1998 & 2015 Visiting Professor, Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law, Univ. Geneva
1999-2001 Member, Scientific Steering Committee, UNESCO/IDHP Project on Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC)
1999-2005 Commissioner, Panel on Environmental Claims, United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), Geneva
Feb.-April 2000 Visiting Professor, Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Univ. of Paris II
Feb.-April 2002 Adjunct Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, Durham/NC
October 2004 Laureate, Elizabeth Haub Prize for International Environmental Law, International Council of Environmental Law & Free University of Brussels
2004-2013 Visiting Lecturer, Universities of Potsdam, Stockholm, Helsinki, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Modena, Manchester, Bayreuth Tulane/New Orleans, Temple/Philadelphia
2011-2015 Moderator, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva, E-Learning Course on International Environmental Law


  • Member of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL, 1974- )
  • Member of the World Commission on Environmental Law, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-WCEL, 1988- )
  • Arbitrator/Environmental Law Expert, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague (2002-2015 )
  • Associate Editor of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (2005- )
  • Member of the editorial boards, Yearbook of International Environmental Law (1990- ); Journal of Environment and Development (1995- ); and Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (1996- )


  • Kürschners Deutscher Gelehrten-Kalender, 24th edn. Berlin 2012, vol. 3, pp. 3358-59
  • Who's Who in the World, 27th edn. New Providence/NJ 2010, p. 2364