Bruno Simma

Bruno Simma Eckard ( born March 29, 1941 in Quierschied ) is a German international law. He was from 1973 to 2006 professor at the Ludwig -Maximilians- University of Munich, and served from 2003 to 2012 as a judge of the International Court of Justice.


Simma completed his studies in 1966 with a doctorate in law at the University of Innsbruck from and then took up a post as assistant at the Innsbruck Faculty of Law. In 1973 he was appointed to the Chair of International Law at the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich, where he became Professor Emeritus in 2006.

Simma was also active in the German diplomatic training and worked as a visiting professor at the University of Siena and the University of Michigan Law School and a lecturer at the Hague Academy of International Law. Since 1984 he is member of the International Sports Court. From 2003 to 2012, he was a judge at the International Court in The Hague.

In January 2012, Simma, was appointed together with the French international lawyer Gilbert Guillaume and the British lawyers Vaughan Lowe, from Slovenia and Croatia as an arbitrator in the arbitration for resolving their border dispute. Both parties had previously been presented by the European Union a list of possible candidates.

On November 5, 2012, effective as of December 1, 2012 Simma was appointed as member and Chairman of the first chamber of the Iran - United States Claims Tribunal.

On February 4, 2013, he was appointed chairman of a five-member arbitral tribunal in the framework of the Convention. Together with Aun Shawkat al - Chasauneh, Elsa Kelly, Thomas A. Mensah and Bernard H. Oxman he should decide on a maritime law dispute between Argentina and Ghana.

He is a member of the Board of the German Society for the United Nations.

Bruno Simma is married to Maria Simma.


  • As the editor: Comment on the Charter of the United Nations, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 2002
  • Alfred Verdross: Universal International Law. Theory and practice. Berlin, 3rd edition, 1984

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