The president of Tallinn University Law School, Rein Müllerson, has been elected president of one of the most prestigious law organizations in the world, the Institute of International Law.
Müllerson will replace Hisashi Oada, a well-known Japanese lawyer and diplomat who has recently been the Japanese Ambassador to the US and president of the International Court of Justice of the UN, according to a press release from the university.
An Indian lawyer and diplomat, Sreenivasa Rao, was elected vice president of the organization.
Müllerson has been a member of the organization since 1995 and is the only member from Estonia. Founded in 1873, the organization currently has 130 members elected for life.
The institute held a meeting in Tokyo last week and the next one will take place in Tallinn in 2015.
Müllerson has worked at London University King’s College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Columbia University, Moscow State University. He has also worked on the Human Rights Committee of the UN and as an adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union.