The German international jurist Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum has been re-elected once again to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg. The elections were held yesterday (13 June) in New York, at the start of this year's Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Professor Wolfrum was elected in the first round, winning 141 of 152 votes cast.
Prof. Wolfrum has been a member of the Tribunal since 1996. In 2005 he was elected to serve as its President. His re-election for a further nine years reflects the high regard in which he is held.
It also underscores the good reputation enjoyed by German nationals on various international legal bodies, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Law Commission.
Germany is the host country of the ITLOS. Professor Wolfrum's re-election to the Tribunal's bench further enhances the image Germany has gained over the years in the field of international law and as a host to other important institutions at the UN campus in Bonn.