Jamaican Jurist Becomes Second Non-US National to Head American Society of International Law

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prominent Jamaican born jurist, Justice Patrick Robinson, has been elected Honorary President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Robinson, 74, who is a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), will serve for the period 2020 to 2021.

The Society, which is devoted to the study of international law, is the oldest and largest body of its kind in the world.

In addition to the many areas of its work fostering the study of international law, it is particularly well known for its quarterly publication of the American Journal of International Law, which is widely regarded as one of the best journals in the field of international law. Its publication, International Legal Materials, is also highly valued.

Membership of the Society, established in 1906, estimated at 4,000, stretches far and wide and is drawn from over 100 countries with 40 per cent coming from outside the United States.

Robinson, who became a member of the Society in 1972 and made an honorary member in 2011, is the second non-US citizen to be elected Honorary President of the Society and the second person of African descent to be elected to that post.

Robinson, a former member of the International Law Commission, is also a former member and president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as well as a former member and president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; where he presided over the trial of Slobodan Milosevic.

In 2014, he was elected to serve as a judge in the International Court of Justice, becoming the first Jamaican and the second person in the Caribbean to do so.

Justice Patrick Robinson is also the father of Julian Robinson, General Secretary of the People’s National Party and the Opposition Spokesperson on Science, Technology and Information.



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