Judge Guðmundur Eiríksson

Former Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea


Gudmundur Eiriksson is Professor of Law Jindal Global Law School and Executive Director of its Centre for International Legal Studies.

Professor Eiriksson served from 1974 to 1976 as a Law of the Sea Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea. He served from 1977 to 2014 in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, as Assistant Legal Adviser, Legal Adviser and Ambassador of Iceland in Ottawa, Pretoria and New Delhi. He represented Iceland in numerous international forums, including the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and NASCO, the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization. He served as NASCO’s first President, from 1984 to 1988. 

He was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1987 to 1996 and a Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2002. He is now a Judge ad hoc in the M/V “Norstar” Case before the Tribunal.

He was Director of International Law and Human Rights Studies and Dean for Cooperative Programmes at the University for Peace from 2001 to 2003, Professor and Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights from 2005 to 2008 and a Visiting Professor since.

Professor Eiriksson holds an A.B. degree and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College, an LL.B. (Honours) degree from King’s College London and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of King’s College London and Professor Emeritus at the University for Peace.

"The Increasing Importance of International Law in World Affairs: History, Important Developments Turning Points and Current Situation"

A Keynote Address by Gudmundur Eiriksson (Former Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea)
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2018
"Utilizing Cultural Diplomacy to Foster Democracy, Advance International Law and Back Global Human Rights"
(Berlin; December 13th - 16th, 2018)