Pedro Nikken succeeds Mary Robinson who served in the role from 2008 – 2010. He is a former Judge (1979-1989) and President (1983-1985) of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He served as UN Independent Expert on El Salvador from 1992 to 1995 and from 1990-1992 he served as Legal Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on El Salvador’s peace process.
In 1995 he served as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Burundi. He is former Dean and Professor (emeritus) at the Law School of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is also former President and Permanent Counselor of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. He is a Member (Chair N° 9) of the Venezuelan National Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
He is currently serving his third term as ICJ Commissioner.
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