The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is honoured to announce
the election of
Professor Pedro Nikken as ICJ President. Pedro Nikken who has been a
member of the
Commission for a number of years, was elected ICJ President on 21
January 2011. He
succeeds Mary Robinson who served in the role from 2008 – 2010.
Pedro Nikken is a former Judge (1979-1989) and President (1983-1985)
of the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights. He served as UN Independent Expert on El
Salvador from 1992 to
1995 and from 1990-1992 he served as Legal Adviser to the UN
Secretary-General on El
Salvador’s peace process. In 1995 he served as Special Envoy of the UN
He is former Dean and Professor (emeritus) at the Law School of the Universidad
Central de Venezuela. He is also former President and Permanent
Counselor of the Inter-
American Institute of Human Rights. He is a Member (Chair N° 9) of the
Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
He is currently serving his third term as ICJ Commissioner.
The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy,
coherence and implementation of
international law and principles that advance human rights. The
Commission was founded in Berlin in 1952 and
its membership is composed of up to sixty eminent jurists who are
representatives of the different legal systems of
the world. Based in Geneva, the International Secretariat is
responsible for the realisation of the aims and
objectives of the Commission.