The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights had an honour and privilege to have Professor Christian Tomuschat as a lecturer of the third memorial lecture in honour of Professor Vojin Dimitrijević.
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Tomuschat was appointed full professor for Constitutional and International Law at the Faculty of Law and Economics of the University of Bonn (Dean in 1978). In 1995, he became the chair of constitutional and international law at the Humboldt University in Berlin and directed the Institute of International and European Law.
Christian Tomuschat was elected in 1976 as a member of the newly formed Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He served on this Committee until 1986. In 1985, he was also elected as a member of the International Law Commission where he remained until 1996 (Chairman in 1992). Among other UN activities, he performed the functions of a rapporteur on the human rights situation in Guatemala from 1990 to 1993; from 1997 to 1999 he coordinated in that country the work of the national truth commission. In 2010, he served as chairperson of the expert group, established by the UN Secretary General, on international humanitarian and human rights laws to monitor and assess any domestic, legal or other proceedings undertaken by both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side, in light of GA resolution 64/254.
He was a member of the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva) from 1981 to 1996 and continues cooperating with the Commission as an Honorary member. From 1993 to 1997, he was the President of the German Society for International Law. He was admitted to the Institut de droit international in 1997.
Memorial lecture for Professor Vojin Dimitrijević »Syria – Challenge to the International System for the Protection of Human Rights« was held on 4 October 2016 at Aero Klub in Belgrade.
Like in previous year, the lecture is co-sponsored by the European Society of International Law