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Peter Tomka

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Peter Tomka born 1 June 1956,1 is a Slovak judge of the International Court of Justice Prior to joining the ICJ, Tomka was a Slovak diplomat


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 ICJ Decisions
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Early life and educationedit

He was born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia1 He earned LLM and PhD degrees from Charles University in Prague in 1979 and 1985 respectively In addition, he has also undertaken studies at the Faculty of International Law and International Relations in Kiev, Ukraine, at the Institut du droit de la paix et du développement in Nice, France, at the Institute of International Public Law and International Relations in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands1


In 1986, he joined Czechoslovakia's Foreign Ministry as an Assistant Legal Adviser, and in 1990 was promoted to Head of the Ministry's Public International Law Division The following year, he was transferred to the country's United Nations Mission, where he served as Legal Adviser Following the division of Czechoslovakia, he served as Slovakia's Deputy Permanent Representative from 1993 to 1994 From 1994 to 1997, he served as Slovakia's Ambassador to the United Nations Returning to the Foreign Ministry, he served as Director of the International Law Department from 1997 to 1998, when he transferred to the post of Director-General for International Legal and Consular Affairs After a year in that post, he was reappointed as Slovakia's UN Ambassador, serving until his appointment to the Court He also held a seat on the International Law Commission between 1999 and 2002 He is member of the Slovak Society of International Law and has served as the organization's Honorary President since 2003 He is also a member of the American Society of International Law and the European Society of International Law1

Tomka was elected to the ICJ by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council; his first term began on February 6, 2003

In parallel to his ICJ Membership, Tomka served in 2005 as an Arbitrator of the Belgium/Netherlands Iron Rhine Tribunal,2 which was presided over by ICJ Rosalyn Higgins and in 2007 Tomka has been Member of the ICSID ad hoc Committee in the case of Malaysian Historical Salvors v Government of Malaysia,3 which also comprises ICJ s Stephen M Schwebel President and Mohamed Shahabuddeen In 2009, Tomka was also on the ad hoc Committee in the MCI Power Group v Republic of Ecuador Annulment Decision4

The judges of the ICJ elected Tomka as their vice-president on 6 February 20095

In 2011 Tomka was re-elected to a second nine-year term on the ICJ by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council;6 his term now expires on 5 February 20217

In February 2012 Tomka was elected President of the Court for a three-year term from 6 February 20128

ICJ Decisionsedit

  • Jurisdictional Immunities of the State Germany v Italy
  • In the matter of the Preah Vihear Temple Cambodia v Thailand


  1. ^ a b c d "International Court of Justice Biography" International Court of Justice Retrieved 2011-02-12 
  2. ^ "Belgium/Netherlands Iron Rhine Award" Permanent Court of Arbritration Retrieved 2011-02-12 
  3. ^ Vis-Dunbar, Damon 2009-04-23 "Malaysian Historical Salvors Jurisdiction Award Annulled" Investment Treaty News Retrieved 2011-02-12 
  4. ^ "The MCI Power Group v Republic of Ecuador Decision on Annulment Decision" PDF International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes 2009-10-19 Retrieved 2011-02-12 
  5. ^ "HE Judge Peter Tomka Slovakia Elected Vice-President" PDF International Court of Justice 2009-02-06 Retrieved 2011-02-12 
  6. ^ "GA/11171: General Assembly, Concurrently with Security Council, Elects Four Judges to International Court of Justice" Press release United Nations Department of Public Information News and Media Division New York 2011-11-10 
  7. ^ "UN Member States elect judges to serve on International Court of Justice" UN News Centre 2011-11-10 Retrieved 2011-11-11 
  8. ^ "International Court of Justice press release 2012/8" International Court of Justice Retrieved 2012-02-06 

Further readingedit

  • Gaillard, E, ed 2007 State Entities in International Arbitration 2008 JurisNet ISBN 1-929446-96-9  - contains an essay written by Tomka

External linksedit

  • Lecture by Peter Tomka, "The Special Agreement as a Way of Submitting Disputes to the International Court of Justice", on the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
  • Lecture by Peter Tomka, "The Contribution of the International Court of Justice to the Development of the Law of Maritime Delimitation", on the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law Retrieved 2013-04-05

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