Prof. Dr. iur. Mark E. Villiger


Former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Professor at Zurich University

Born 17 May 1950 in Louis Trichardt/South Africa. Education: Primary school in Maputo (formerly Lourenço Marques)/Moçambique; St. John’s School in Johannesburg/South Africa; Stella Matutina High School in Feldkirch/Austria; matriculation examinations (Maturitäten) in Austria and in Switzerland.

 

Studies: Doctor of Law at the University of Zurich/Switzerland (doctoral thesis awarded the distinction summa cum laude); Bye-Fellow at Robinson College/University of Cambridge; tenure (habilitiert, agrégé) at the University of Zurich in international and European law. Professional development: Professeur titulaire at the University of Zurich (international and European law); Legal Administrator, later Deputy Section Registrar at the European Court of Human Rights. From 2006-2015 Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Principality of Liechtenstein; from 2012-2015 Section President at the Court.

 

Since 2016 Member of the Board of the Liechtenstein Association of Human Rights.  Principal lectures at the Hague Academy of International Law (Summer course); at the Hague Academy of International Law – Seminar for Advanced Studies; at the American Society of International Law; and at the Liechtenstein Institute in Liechtenstein. Lectures in 26 countries on international, European and constitutional law. Principal books: Commentary on the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (2009); Manual on the European Convention on Human Rights (Handbuch der EMRK) (2nd ed. 1999), 3rd ed. currently in preparation; Customary International Law and Treaties (2nd ed. 1997). Numerous scholarly articles. Moot courts: President of the UN World Human Rights Moot Court in Pretoria/South Africa; and of the ELSA Human Rights Moot Court in Strasbourg/France. Hobbies: long-distance swimming, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, contemporary history.