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Alain Pellet

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Alain Pellet, born January 2, 1947 in Paris, teaches Public International Law (in particular International Economic Law) at the University Paris Ouest, Nanterre/La Défense. Director of the Centre de Droit International (CEDIN) of the university between 1991 and 2001, he is the co-head of the Master 2 (research) Laws of International Relations and of the European Union [TEACHING/ENSEIGNEMENT]. He is the author of numerous books and articles [BIBLIOGRAPHY/BIBLIOGRAPHIE].


Between 1990 and 2011, he was a Member of the United Nations International Law Commission [ILC/CDI], and acted as Chair in 1997. He has been Counsel for numerous governments (in particular the French Government) and for international organisations. He has been and is counsel and lawyer in more than 40 cases in front of the International Court of Justice [ICJ/CIJ], as well as several international and transnational arbitrations, in particular investment cases; he has been designated to the Panel of Arbitrators of the ICSID by the Chairman of the Administrative Council [ARBITRATION/ARBITRAGE].


Alain Pellet has also been experts to the Arbitration Commission of the Peace Conference on the former Yugoslavia ("Badinter Arbitration Committee"), as well as Rapporteur of the French Committee of Jurists on the Creation of an International Criminal for Former Yugoslavia ("TRUCHE Commission"), that is at the origin of the French project of creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Furthermore, he is the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Independent Objector for generic top level domain names (new gTLD) and the Legal Adviser of the World Tourism Organisation[OTHER ACTIVITIES/AUTRES ACTIVITES].

 Academic qualifications

Alain Pellet has a bachelor's degree in law (public law) (1968 – Faculty of Law and Economics, Paris), he has the diploma of the Institute of Political Studies, Paris (Sciences Po) (1968 – public service section). He has obtained a diploma of advanced studies in political science and a diploma of advanced studies in public law (1969 - Faculty of Law and Economics, Paris) as well as a State doctorate in public law (1974 – University of Paris II, Panthéon – Assas, Paris) and the “Agrégation” in public law and political science (1974). He has been auditor at the Academy of International Law, The Hague (public international law courses, 1967, 1969 and 1971).  

Decorations and awards

Associé de l’Institut de Droit international (2007).

Légion d'honneur (Knight, France - 1998); Palmes académiques (France) (Knight, 1986; Officer, 2007).

Gold Star of Nahouri (Burkina Faso, sylver medal, 1987); Officer, Order of merit (Chad, 1995) ; Commander, Ordre de la valeur (Cameroon, 2003);Order of the Double White Cross (Slovakia, 2006); Knight Romanian National Order “Serviciul Credincios” (Romania, 2009).

Doctor honoris causa (University Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro, 1998; Miskolc  University (Hungary, 2000); Rusian Foreign Trade Academy (Moscow, 2002) and Law Faculty of the University of Athens (2011).

Member of the Institute of International Public Law and International Public Law and International Relations of Thessaloniki (Greece, 2001);René Maheu Prize for the International Civil Service, Special award (1995);Medal of the Faculty of Law of Granada (Spain, 1992)et de l'Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, 2004).

Lemonon prize of the Institute of France (Moral and Political Sciences Academy) for the book on the United Nations Charter (with J.P. Cot - 1986).