About the Speaker


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Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE CMG QC
(Guest Speaker)

Since March 2018, Christopher Greenwood has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and an international arbitrator.  Prior to his appointment to the Tribunal, he was a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 2009 to February 2018. Before his election to the Court, he was Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and a practising barrister who regularly argued cases about international law before international and English courts.

Born in 1955, he was educated at Raeburn Park School, Singapore, Wellingborough School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, he obtained degrees in Law and International Law with first class honours and was elected a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1978. He taught at Cambridge for nearly twenty years before being appointed to a Chair of International Law at the London School of Economics in 1996.

His publications include over 100 volumes of the International Law Reports (including some 80 volumes as Joint Editor with the late Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC), The Kuwait Crisis: Basic Documents (1991) and a collection of essays – Essays on War in International Law (2006) He is currently working on a tenth edition of Oppenheim’s International Law.  He has sat as an arbitrator in numerous investment cases and in the arbitration between Mauritius and the United Kingdom regarding the Chagos Islands.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999, made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to public international law in 2002 and was knighted in 2009.  In June 2018 he was appointed Knight Grand Cross (GBE) for services to international justice in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.