Professor Emeritus of Public Law, International and European Law
Former Director of the Europa-Institut
Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights
Georg Ress was born in Berlin in 1935 and studied at the Universities of Berlin and Vienna. He received his doctorate in political science from the Universities of Vienna and law from the University of Heidelberg. He was a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He later worked at the Ministry of Justice in Rhineland-Palatinate and at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. In 1977 he was appointed Professor of Public Law, International Law and European Law at Saarland University and was also Director of the Europa-Institut. From 1998 to 2005 he was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Georg Ress was visiting professor at the Danube University Krems. In 2006 Ress took over the endowed chair of International Law at the Jacobs University Bremen in Bremen (until 2015).
From 1980 to 1998 Georg Ress was a member of the Foreign Office's Advisory Council on International Law, and from 1994 to 1999 a German member of the European Commission for Human Rights in Strasbourg. He is also a member of the Institut de droit international.
Georg Ress was awarded honorary doctorates by the Keio University in Tokyo (1992), the Université Paris Descartes (Paris V; 1992) and the University of Edinburgh (2000) for his numerous academic achievements. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences in Helsinki, since June 2003 Professor Ress has been elected corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
In 1993 he was awarded the Grand Golden Cross of Honour of the Republic of Austria and in 2005 the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1st Class. In 2008 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. In 2018 he received the Order of Merit of the Saarland State Chancellery from the Prime Minister of Saarland Tobias Hans.