Vladimir V. Rudnitsky

Ph.D. International Law

For many years of his United Nations career, he has worked in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) of the United Nations Secretariat dealing with a variety of topics of international law, international peace and security. As a Legal Officer of the Codification Division (COD) was providing substantive assistance to the 6th (Legal) Committee, which is one of the main committees of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the Assembly, the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, various working groups and ad hoc committees, the Diplomatic Conference on the International Criminal Court (ICC), its Drafting and Credentials Committees. He actively assisted in negotiations leading, inter alia, to the adoption of the ICC Statute, anti-terrorist conventions, texts on the settlement of disputes, on sanctions and other instruments, resolutions, decisions and documents.

During his time at the United Nations, he was responsible not only for the substantive servicing of meetings of the legal bodies dealing with various topics of international law, but also for the preparation of analytical studies addressing a wide range of issues of international law and international relations. He coordinated, reviewed and drafted various studies for the Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs, prepared contributions for the Handbook on the Settlement of Disputes between States, the Yearbook of the United Nations, Reports of International Arbitral Awards and other publications. He also monitored and analyzed developments in various areas of international law, including in the context of the United Nations Decade of International Law, acting as the focal point for the United Nations Decade of International Law. He drafted numerous reports, dealing not only with the reports of various committees and working groups, but also with the reports of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly of the United Nations on various topics on the agenda of the General Assembly; provided expert verbal and written advice, including analytical notes and background briefing papers, to the United Nations senior officials and delegations; contributed to the monitoring, promoting the effective implementation and development of various international instruments, conventions and resolutions of the United Nations, policy and programme activities; participated in various international conferences, meetings, seminars, briefings and training sessions on international law and represented the United Nations at them; prepared high-level draft statements on strategic directions and specific issues of international law; provided guidance and training for staff members and interns and exercised the necessary supervisory functions. He also executed coordinative, supervisory, monitoring and representative functions acting as COD Officer-in-Charge, OLA and COD coordinator and a team leader of various projects and as a member of the Inter-Departmental, OLA/COD committees and working groups.

His professional activities included participation in/organization of the meetings, briefings, workshops and international conferences on international law and lecturing on various issues of law, including such activities at the University of London, Brown University (USA), the United States of America and other countries; participation in the meetings, workshops and international conferences organized by the American Society of International Law, American Bar Association, Academic Council on the United Nations System, UNITAR-IPA, T.M.C. Asser Instituut (The Netherlands), etc.

In recognition of his dedicated service to the United Nations in support of its goals and mission, the Secretary-General of the United Nations presented to him the United Nations Recognition Award.