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Cameroonian Maurice Kengne Becomes Judge at International Tribunal for Law of Sea
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Posted on August 27, 2020, 12:00 am
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Prof Maurice Kengne Kamga, 53-year-old Cameroonian-born diplomat based in Hamburg, Germany has been elected as member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for a nine-year term of office.

Prof Maurice Kengne Kamga

He was elected alongsidesix others as judges of the intergovernmental organization in the first round of voting on Monday August 24th, 2020 by the State’s Parties to the United Nation-UN Convention on the Law of Sea-UNCLOS.

The international jurist is a seasoned bilingual diplomat, Minister Plenipotentiary and an accomplished academician with over 25years of experience in the practice and teaching of International Law in general and particularly international Justice.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

The 53-year-old who will be sworn on October 1st, 2020 is a native of Bandjoun in West Cameroon.

According to reports, it is thanks to the fact that after his doctorate in international relations from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon-IRIC, he joined the Ministry of External Relations-MINREX and later travelled to “Switzerland after being designated as the ninth recipient of the Hamilton S. Amerasinghe Fellowship, which the United Nations offers every year to particularly promising candidates for specialization in the law of the sea.”


He obtained yet a doctorate in international law of the sea and while working as a technical adviser at the Minrex and an associate professor at IRIC, he was recruited as Legal Secretary for the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the position he held for 12-yeatrs until September 30, 2020.  

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea-GIF

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was created in 1982 by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is an independent judicial body operating since 1994. It has jurisdiction over disputes relating to the interpretation or application of the Convention on the law of the Sea.

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