Joseph Attard: biographical note

David Joseph Attard: biographical note


29 March 1953 in Sliema, Malta

Academic qualifications

Diploma Notary Public, University of Malta (1977)

Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), University of Malta (1978)

Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.), University of Oxford (1986)

Professional qualifications

Advocate, Malta

Barrister-at-law, Middle Temple, London

Academic appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Malta (1986)

Full Professor of Public International Law, University of Malta (1988)

Visiting Professor, IMLI, Malta (1989)

UNEP Chair of Environmental Diplomacy, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, Malta (1990) Director, IMLI, Malta (1992)

Head of the Department of International Law, University of Malta (1992–2009)

Visiting Professor of International Law, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ (1994)

Senior Visiting Lecturer, College of Foreign Affairs, Beijing (1995)

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford (1998–9)

Fulbright Scholar, Yale Law School (2000)

Titulary Member, Comité Maritime International (2001)

Honorary Member, Comité Maritime International, Slovenia (2002)

Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague; and Member of the Specialized Panel of Arbitrators, Permanent Court of Arbitration (2004–)

Visiting Professor, University Pantheon Sorbonne (Paris I) (2007–8

Visiting Professor, University of Catania (2009)

Visiting Professor, University of Messina (2009)

Lecturer, Summer Academy of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (2009)

International appointments

Special Adviser to the IMO Secretary-General, London (1988)

Special Senior Legal Adviser to the UNEP Executive Director, Nairobi/Geneva (1989)

Member, United Nations Group of Experts on Petroleum Law, Paris (1988)

Member, Committee of Experts on the International Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution, Valletta (1988)

Elected Co-Chairman (together with Ambassador Alan Beesley, Canada) of Legal Experts Group to present working document on legal and policy issues to the Ministerial Conference on the Changing Atmosphere, Netherlands (1989)

Member, IMLI Governing Board, Malta (1989)

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