Stephen M. Schwebel

Independent Arbitrator and Counsel, Washington, D.C.; Door Tenant, Essex Court Chambers, London

Stephen M. Schwebel is an American jurist and expert on international law. At present he is an independent arbitrator and counsel in Washington, D.C., and a door tenant of Essex Court Chambers in London.

He is best known for delivering dissenting opinions in the case of Nicaragua v. United States and in the pair of Libya v. United Kingdom and Libya v. United States Lockerbie (Preliminary Objections) cases, which were discontinued in 2003.

He served at various positions in the U.S. Department of State, Legal Adviser Office in 1961-1981 and he was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1977 to 1980. Schwebel was first elected to the International Court of Justice in January 1981. He was subsequentely re-elected twice, and served as the president of the court in the triennium 1997-2000, which marked the busiest docket of 22 new cases in the history of the Court.

Last Updated: September 8, 2017