International Law Commission 2017-2021
The Government of Austria would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation for the valuable support extended to the Austrian candidate Professor August Reinisch, which led to his election to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the term 2017-2021 on 3 November 2016 in New York.
The candidacy of Professor Reinisch is Austria’s fourth for the International Law Commission. Austrian members of the ILC were Alfred Verdross (1957–1966), Stephan Verosta (1977–1981) and Gerhard Hafner (1997–2001).
August Reinisch currently serves as Head of the Section of International Law and International Relations of the University of Vienna. His professional experience includes acting as arbitrator and expert in Austrian and foreign court litigation as well as in international, mostly investment arbitration. He has served as arbitrator in cases involving international organizations, Holocaust-related property restitution as well as in investment disputes mostly under ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.
He is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. August Reinisch has obtained numerous national and European research grants and organized several conferences. He has edited the results of many collaborative research projects and is currently preparing two major commentaries in the field of the privileges and immunities of international organizations as well as international investment law. August Reinisch is president of the Austrian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), Executive Board member of the European Society of International Law and of the German Society of International Law.
About the International Law Commission (ILC)
The International Law Commission, established in 1947, is a body of 34 independent experts which “shall be persons of recognized competence in international law”. Its task is to prepare draft conventions on subjects which have not yet been regulated by international law and to codify and progressively develop rules of international law. The Commission has elaborated a number of documents which are of central importance to international law today.