March 26, 2007
THE HONORABLE LUZIUS WILDHABER,
Former Judge and President, European Court of Human Rights
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2007, 6:00 P.M.
UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
JOHN GIFFEN WEINMANN HALL • ROOM 110
The Deutsch Lecture is given annually as a tribute to Eberhard Deutsch. The Eberhard P. Deutsch Chair of Public International Law was established in 1980 through the generosity of the late Colonel Eberhard P. Deutsch and his family. Colonel Deutsch was a distinguished Tulane Law School alumnus (L’25) with a national reputation in international and military law. The current holder of the Chair is Professor Günther Handl.
Luzius Wildhaber is a former member of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He joined the Court in 1991 and served as its president from 1998 until his recent retirement in January 2007. Prior to his election to the presidency of the Court, Judge Wildhaber was Professor of Public International, Comparative and Administrative Law at Basel University (1977-98), which institution he also served as president of the University and dean of the Faculty of Law. His education includes legal studies at the universities of Basel, Paris, Heidelberg and Yale. He holds a doctorate of law degree from the University of Basel, as well as LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School.
Luzius Wildhaber began his legal career in the legal adviser's office of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and taught at the University of Friburg, before joining the law faculty in Basel. He has served as an expert-adviser on issues of human rights, federalism, and self-determination to the Council of Europe, the Swiss Federal Government, the Government of Liechtenstein and the Canadian Federal Government. His past judicial activities also include service as judge at the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank (1989-94) the Supreme Court (Staatsgerichtshof) of the Principality of Liechtenstein (1975-88), and as arbitrator in a number of international commercial cases.
Judge Wildhaber is a member of the Institut de Droit International. He is the recipient of numerous governmental and academic honors and awards, including 12 honorary doctorates. He is also the author of over 200 articles and 10 books, including Treaty-Making Power and Constitution. An International and Comparative Study (1971), Praxis des Völkerrechts (with J. Müller, 3rd ed.2001), and most recently, The European Court of Human Rights 1998-2006: History, Achievements, Reform (2006).