em. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum

Managing Director

Project Activities

Sudan (Head of Projects), Middle East and North Africa

Ph.D. Programme for Afghan Jurists (Head of Project)

Other Activities and Research Interests

Constitutional Law, International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, International Law of the Sea, Legal Pluralism

Professional and Academic Background (extract)

Since 1/2013 Managing Director at the Max Planck Foundation, following his retirement from the University of Heidelberg

1/2001  12/2012 Establishment and supervision of the working group on global knowledge transfer advising and teaching in particular in Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq

5/1993  12/2012 Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Since 8/1996 Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; re-elected in 5/1999 and 6/2008

10/2005  9/2009 President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Publications

Recent Publications (extract)

  • Evolution of the Law of the Sea from an Institutional Perspective, in: German Yearbook of International Law, vol. 57/2014, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2015, pp. 95–109.
  • Solidarity from a Structural Principle to an International Agreement: Progress or Rather Regression? in: Aus Kiel in die Welt: Kiel’s Contribution to International Law (eds. Jost Delbrück, Ursula Heinz, Kerstin Odendahl, Nele Matz-Lück und Andreas von Arnauld), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2014, pp. 201–213.
  • The contribution of the regulations of the International Seabed Authority to the progressive development of international environmental law, in: Peaceful Order in the World’s Oceans, Brill Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 2014, pp. 241–248.
  • The Impact of Article 300 of the UN Convention on the Law oft he Sea on the Jurisdiction of International Courts and Tribunals, in: Herausforderungen an Staat und Verfassung – Völkerrecht – Europarecht – Menschenrechte (Liber Amicorum für Torsten Stein zum 70. Geburtstag (ed Christian Calliess), Nomos, Baden-Baden 2015, pp. 383–392.
  • The Freedom of Navigation: Modern Challenges Seen from a Historical Perspective, in: Law of the Sea, From Grotius to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea – Liber Amicorum Judge Hugo Caminos, Brill Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 2015, pp. 89–103.
  • The implementation of International Law in Germany and South Africa (eds. Erika de Wet, Holger Hestermeyer and Rüdiger Wolfrum), Pretoria University Law Press, 2015, 528 p.
  • The reception of international law in the German legal order: An introduction (with Holger Hestermeyer and Silja Vöneky), in: The implementation of international law in Germany and South Africa, Pretoria University Law Press, 2015, pp. 2–22.

Further Publications (extract)

  • The Freedom of Religion: New, or not so New, Challenges. In: Breuer, Marten / Epiney, Astrid / Haratsch, Andreas / Schmahl, Stefanie / Weiß, Norman (eds.): Der Staat im Recht, Festschrift für Eckart Klein zum 70. Geburtstag. Schriften zum Öffentlichen Recht, 1232, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2013, pp. 1369–1378.
  • The Prohibition of Discrimination in International Human Rights Treaties. The Development from an Accessory Norm to an Independent One? In: Hanschel, Dirk / Graf Kielmansegg, Sebastian / Kischel, Uwe / Koenig, Christian / Lorz, Ralph Alexander (eds.): Mensch und Recht, Festschrift für Eibe Riedel zum 70. Geburtstag. Veröffentlichungen des Walther-Schücking-Instituts für Internationales Recht an der Universität Kiel, Vol. 183, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2013, pp. 209–219.
  • Sources of International Law. In: Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.): The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Vol. IX, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012, pp. 299–313.
  • General International Law (Principles, Rules and Standards). In: Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.): The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Vol. IV, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012, pp. 344–368.
  • Common Heritage of Mankind. In: Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.): The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Vol. II, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012, pp. 452–458.
  • Cooperation, International Law of. In: Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.): The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Vol. II, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012, pp. 783–792.
  • Solidarity. A Structural Principle of International Law. (Eds. Rüdiger Wolfrum together with Chie Kojima) Springer Verlag, Heidelberg 2010.
  • Legitimacy in International Law. In: Wolfrum, Rüdiger / Röben, Volker (eds.): Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht, Vol. 194, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg 2008.
  • Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict. In: Dinstein, Yoram (ed.): Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, Vol. 32, 2003, pp. 305–338.
  • Die Taliban - ein Subjekt des Völkerrechts? (together with Christiane Philipp). In: von Schorlemer, Sabine (Hrsg.): Praxis-Handbuch UNO, Die Vereinten Nationen im Lichte globaler Herausforderung. Springer Verlag, Berlin 2003, pp. 145–156.
  • International, Regional and National Environmental Law (together with Fred L. Morrison). Kluwer Law International, Den Haag 2000.
  • Democracy and Development. In: European Review, Vol. 7, 1999, pp. 183–189.
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. In: Klein, Eckart (ed.): The Monitoring System of Human Rights Treaty Obligations. Proceedings of a Colloquium in Potsdam, 22/23 November 1996. Menschenrechtszentrum der Universität Potsdam, Vol. 5, 1998, pp. 49–69.
  • The Right to a Fair Trial, Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht (ed. with David Weissbrodt), Vol. 129, Heidelberg 1997.
  • Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law (Chapter 12). In: Fleck, Dieter (ed.): Handbook of Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflicts, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1995, pp. 517–550.
  • United Nations: Law, Policies and Practice (ed. with Christiane Philipp), C. H. Beck, München 1995.
  • The Impact of Federalism on the Implementation of International Trade Obligations (together with Fred L. Morrison). In: Hilf, Meinard / Petersmann, Ernst-Ulrich (eds.): National Constitutions and International Economic Law, Vol. 8, Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, Boston 1993, pp. 519–535.
  • The Legal Status of Minorities in South-Eastern Europe. In: Lefeber, René / Fitzmaurice, Malgosia / Vierdag, E.W. (eds.): The Changing Political Structure of Europe, M. Nijhoff, London 1991, pp. 131–148.
  • Strengthening the World Order: Universalism v. Regionalism. Risks and Opportunities of Regionalization. Symposium held on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Institute of International Law (ed. Rüdiger Wolfrum with Denise A. Bizzarro and Tobias Stoll), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 1990.

Participation in Conferences (extract)

Lectures at the Eighteenth Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, Rhodes (15–19 July 2013)

“Legal Implications with Vessel Protection Detachments, VDPs”, 12th Meeting on Legal Issues of the Working Group 2 of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), Kopenhagen (11 Apr. 2013)

“Sezession und Kompetenzordnung: Sudan/Südsudan aus völkerrechtlicher und staatsrechtlicher Perspektive”, Conference “Föderalismus und Subsidiarität”, Freiburg (7 March 2013)

Honours

  • Honourary Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg (2002)
  • Honourary Member of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (2006)
  • Honourary Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (2010)

Memberships

Membre associé of the Institut de Droit international

American Society of International Law

German Society of International Law

Humanities Section of the German Academy of Natural Sciences (Leopoldina)

United Nations Association of Germany

Miscellaneous

  • Editor of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
  • Co-editor of the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law