Sir Christopher Greenwood, CMG, QC
Judge, International Court of Justice
Elected by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in November 2008, Sir Christopher Greenwood took office on 6 February 2009. Educated at Wellingborough School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he obtained first class degrees in Law and International Law, prior to his election to the Court he combined a career as an academic with practice as a barrister before the English and international courts. He was a Fellow of Magdalene College from 1978 to 1996 and Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics from 1996 to 2009. He is the Joint Editor of the International Law Reports, author of Essays on War in International Law and approximately one hundred articles in various law journals.
Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1978, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1999 and elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2003. He argued ten cases before England's highest court, the House of Lords, and appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the UN Compensation Commission and various arbitration tribunals. Notable cases include the Pinochet, Lockerbie, Bankovic and Kuwait Airways cases, as well as cases on Iraq, UN sanctions, and maritime boundaries. He was knighted for services to public international law in 2009.