Professor Elsa Kelly

Judge Elsa Kelly

  • Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2002

Born: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 28 February 1939.

Education: Lawyer, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (1960); post-graduate studies in jurisprudence, University of Buenos Aires (1968-1969); Fellow (scholarship), Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1977-1978).

Academic Activities Professor of International Law, Foreign Service Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1967-1970, 2009-present); University of Buenos Aires, School of Law and Social Sciences: Professor of Philosophy and History of Philosophical Ideas (Assistant, 1970-1973), Full Professor of Public International Law (1984).

Professional Experience: Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Legal Advisor’s Office (1962-1973, 1976-1977, 1979, Member and Deputy Head of Delegation, Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea), Legal Advisor (1980-1981), Secretary of State for International Relations (1983-1985); Ambassador to UNESCO and Member of the Executive Council (1985-1989); Vice-Chairperson, Executive Board, UNESCO (1986-1988); Director-General of Cultural Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1990-1992); Director-General for International Environmental Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1996-2000); Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Argentina to Italy (2000-2003); Ambassador of Argentina to Austria and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN Office in Vienna, to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Member of its Board of Government (2003-2006); Director of International Security and Nuclear and Spatial Affairs (2006-2009); appointed as arbitrator by Argentina in the “ARA Libertad” Case (Argentina v. Ghana) (2012).

Member: Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (Organization of American States, 1985-1989); Deputy Chamber of the Argentine National Congress (1992-1995); Constituent Convention for the Drafting of the Constitution of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (1996); Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI); Foundation for the New Human Rights (Fundación Nuevos Derechos del Hombre).

Publications: Author of many articles, monographs and papers on public international law, law of the sea, nuclear non-proliferation and other related issues.

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