April 6, 2016

Conversation and Talk with Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson, International Court of Justice: “Judging States’ Use of Force: A Case Study”

On April 6, 2016, Professor José E. Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, spoke with Hauser Distinguished Global Fellow Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson of the International Court of Justice about recent decisions of the court.

Judge Patrick Robinson is a Member of the International Court of Justice and a Barrister of Law, Middle Temple, United Kingdom.

Following his call to the Bar in 1968, Judge Robinson had a long and distinguished career in public service, working for the Jamaican government for over three decades. In 1972, Judge Robinson became Jamaica’s Representative to the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, a position that he held for 26 years. From 1981 to 1998, he led Jamaica’s delegations for the negotiation of treaties on several subjects, including extradition, mutual legal assistance, maritime delimitation, and investment promotion and protection.

From 1988 to 1995, Judge Robinson served as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, including as the Chairman in 1991. From 1991 to 1996, he was a member of the International Law Commission. He also served as a member of the Haiti Truth and Justice Commission from 1995 to 1996 and was a member of the International Bio-ethics Committee of UNESCO from 1996 to 2005, serving as its Vice-Chairman from 2002 to 2005. Judge Robinson was elected a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1998 and served as the Tribunal’s President from 2008 to 2011.

Judge Robinson holds a BA in English, Latin, and Economics from the University College of the West Indies (London), an LLB from London University, and an LLM in International Law from King’s College, University of London.