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Simma, Bruno

Professor of Law

437 Hutchins Hall

Professor Bruno Simma returned to the Law School in fall 2012 as a part-time professor of law after having served a nine-year term as a judge at the International Court of Justice. Soon after his arrival, he was appointed as one of the three third-party judges/arbitrators of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague and has been on administrative leave since fall 2013. Professor Simma first came to the Law School in 1986 as a visitor from the University of Munich Faculty of Law, where he taught international law and European Community law from 1972 to 2003. From 1987 to 1992, he held a joint Munich-Ann Arbor faculty appointment. He returned as a visitor in 1995 and, since 1997, has been a member of the Law School's Affiliated Overseas Faculty, more recently as a William W. Cook Global Law Professor. Professor Simma has served as dean of the Munich Faculty of Law and has been a visiting professor at several European universities. He is cofounder and editor of the European Journal of International Law, a cofounder of the European Society of International Law, and an associate member of the Institut de Droit international. He has been awarded honorary degrees by the universities of Macerata, Innsbruck and Glasgow, as well as a certificate of merit and, most recently, the Manley O. Hudson Medal, the highest professional honor bestowed by the American Society of International Law. In 2005, New York University Law School made him the Distinguished Global Law School Fellow. Together with Alfred Verdross, he coauthored Universelles Völkerrecht, one of the most influential textbooks in international law and, more recently, edited the leading Commentary on the Charter of the United Nations. Professor Simma lectured at The Hague Academy of International Law in 1995 and taught the prestigious general course there in 2009. From 1987 to 1996, he was a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, followed by six years of membership in the UN International Law Commission before he was elected to the World Court at The Hague. He has been co-agent and counsel in cases before the Court, for instance in the LaGrand case brought by Germany against the United States. In 2014, he was chosen as judge ad hoc by Costa Rica in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Carribean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). He is a much sought-after arbitrator in inter-state, foreign investment, international commercial, and sports law cases.

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The Impact of Human Rights on International Law: General Course on Public International Law 2009. Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law. Forthcoming.

Co-author. "Einsatzmöglichkeiten für Streitkräfte im Rahmen der Vereinten Nationen, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Handlungsspielraums von Regionalorganisationen." T. Graf, co-author. Forthcoming.

"Alfred Verdoss (1890-1980)." In Staatsrechtslehrer des 20. Jahrhunderts : Deutschland - Österreich - Schweiz, edited by P. Haberle, M. Kilian, and H. A. Wolff, 339-50. Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.

"The ICJ and Common Goods: The Case of Human Rights." In International Law for Common Goods: Normative Perspectives on Human Rights, Culture and Nature, edited by F. Lenzerini and A. F. Vrdoljak, 11-39. Studies in International Law, vol. 50. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014.​

"Transparency in International Adjudication." T. Neumann, co-author. In Transparency in International Law, edited by A. Bianchi and A. Peters, 436-76. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013.

​"Miscellaneous Thoughts on Subsequent Agreements and Practice." In Treaties and Subsequent Practice, edited by G. Nolte, 46-9. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

​Co-editor. The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary. 3rd ed. D.-E. Kahn et al., co-editors. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012.

​"Reacting against Treaty Breaches." In The Oxford Guide to Treaties, edited by Hollis, D.B., 576-604. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.​

"Human Rights Before the International Court of Justice: Community Interest Coming to Life?" In Coexistence, Cooperation, and Solidarity, edited by H. Hestermeyer et al. (Zeist, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 2012), I: 577-603.

Co-author. "Exercise and Limits of Jurisdiction." A. T. Müller, co-author. In The Cambridge Companion to International Law, edited by J. Crawford and M. Koskenniemi, 134-57. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

​Foreword to Transnational Terrorism and State Accountability: A New Theory of Prevention, by V-J Proulx, vii. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012.


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Named the recipient of the Manley O. Hudson Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Society for International Law, 2013.

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