International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Jin-Hyun Paik has been Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) since 2009. In October 2017, he was elected President of the Tribunal for a term of three years (2017-2020). He is also Professor of International Law at Seoul National University in Korea (on leave) and was Dean of its Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). Judge Paik currently serves as Arbitrator in the “Enrica Lexie” Incident Case (Italy v. India) at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). He is also President of the Arbitral Tribunal in Dispute concerning Coastal State’s Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation).
Judge Paik has specialized in international law and organization, law of the sea, and international dispute settlement. He was a doctoral fellow at Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands; visiting fellow at the Rand Corporation, Santa Monica and at Hoover Institution, Stanford, USA; visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), USA; and guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany. Over the past three decades he has taught international law and the law of the sea in various places around the world, including Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy (Greece), IFLOS Academy (Germany), Summer Academy on Continental Shelf (Faroe Islands) and the International Maritime Law Institute (Malta). He is also lecturer for the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. He has been active in promoting and disseminating international law, in particular to audience in developing countries.
In 2015, Judge Paik was elected to the Institut de Droit International. He also served as President of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL 2015-2017). Educated in Seoul National University (LL.B.), Columbia Law School (LL.M.), and Cambridge University (Ph.D.), he has written and edited over 150 articles and several books on international law and politics, law of the sea, international dispute settlement, and Korea’s foreign and security policies, the latest of which includes Regions, Institutions and the Law of the Sea (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013).