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‘The ICJ then and now’ – interview with Professor Bruno Simma and Professor Georg Nolte


This year’s German National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition hosted a high-profile interview featuring Professor Bruno Simma, former judge at the International Court of Justice, and Professor Georg Nolte, who recently took his seat on the bench of the very same Court. The discussion was moderated by Patricia Nacimiento of Herbert Smith Freehills.

The interview offers a unique and very intimate conversation between two judges of the World Court, sharing both their professional and personal views of the Court from different perspectives. The discussion covers topics ranging from the process of becoming a judge on the International Court of Justice, the everyday work of the Court and the changes to the personal and academic lives of someone elected to serve as a judge at The Hague. Both scholars also reflect on the benefits of moot court competitions both for themselves and for students today.

We are hosting the video with the kind permission of Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, who organized both this year’s German Jessup Competition and the interview.

Jens Kaiser

Jens works in the Leipzig office of Luther. His areas of practice include private construction law, real estate transactions and European state aid law. However, international law is part of his DNA. His previous professional stages include work for a public international law chair at the University of Jena and the Walther Schücking Institute at Kiel University.

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Raphael Oidtmann

Raphael Oidtmann is an Adjunct Lecturer at Mannheim Law School, an external PhD candidate at Goethe University Frankfurt, and an editor at Völkerrechtsblog.

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  1. I agree with His Excellence Bruno Simma (Bruno) with regard to the frequency of elections. To focus on duties is not to be distracted and/or fractured by election campaigns. I am a faithful student of the Hague Academy. May we please have more homework?

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