Rüdiger Wolfrum, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Dres. h.c., served at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (as a Judge (1996 – 2017), Vice-President (1996-1999), President (2005-2008)) and was a member of several international arbitral tribunals, such as on the South China Sea, on the Chagos Archipelago, and of a Conciliation Commission (Timor-Leste v. Australia). He also was a Professor for national public law and international public law at the Law Faculty of the University of Heidelberg, and the Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (1993-2012). Professor Wolfrum is a member of the International Law Institute (since 2007) and the Managing Director of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (since 2013). He has numerous publications on public international law as well as on national and comparative public law. His publications on international law focused on the United Nations, international environmental law, international human rights, and general international law. He is also editor of the Max-Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (in print and online) as well as co-editor of the Max-Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (online).