Professor Thomas A. Mensah

Professor Thomas A. Mensah

  • Member of the Tribunal from 1 October 1996 to 30 September 2005
  • First President of the Tribunal 1996-1999

Born: Kumasi, Ghana, 12 May 1932.

Education: B.A., University of Ghana (1956); LL.B., University of London (1959); LL.M., Yale University Law School (1962); J.S.D., Yale University Law School (1964).

Professional Experience: Lecturer in Law (1963-1968), Dean of the Faculty (1966-1968), University of Ghana; Associate Legal Officer, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (1965-1966); Assistant Secretary-General and Legal Counsel, International Maritime Organization, London (1968-1990); Special Advisor on Environmental Law and Institutions, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi (1991-1992); Visiting Professor, World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden (1981-1990); Cleveringa Professor of Law, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands (1993-1994); Professor and Director, Law of the Sea Institute, University of Hawaii, USA (1993-1995); High Commissioner of Ghana to the Republic of South Africa (1995-1996).

Member: Institut de Droit international (since 1989); American Society of International Law; British Maritime Law Association; Titular Member, Comité Maritime International (CMI); Standing Committee, International Maritime Arbitration Organization, Paris; IUCN Commission on Environmental Law; Chairman Panel F4 (Environmental Claims), United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC).

Publications: Articles, monographs and papers in the field of public international law, law of the sea, maritime law and international environmental law.


Thomas A. Mensah is Deputy Chairman of the International Foundation of the Law of the Sea.

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