Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade

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Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade
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Cançado Trindade at a committee of the Brazilian Senate in 2008
Judge on the International Court of Justice
Assumed office
6 February 2009
Preceded byGonzalo Parra-Aranguren
Personal details
Born (1947-09-17) 17 September 1947 (age 73)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Alma materFederal University of Minas Gerais (LLB)
University of Cambridge (LLM, LLD)

Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (born (1947-09-17)17 September 1947) is a Brazilian judge on the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague (Den Haag), Netherlands, a position he has held since 6 February 2009.[1] Cançado Trindade is a professor at Utrecht University's Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM). He was reelected to the Court in December 2017, and took office for his second term on 6 February 2018.

Education and career[edit]

His professional appointments and academic titles include:

Cançado Trindade has been a lecturer at The Hague Academy of International Law, the OAS Inter-American Juridical Committee’s Courses, the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg) and at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica). He has been a visiting professor at various universities, among them Columbia University (1st semester 1998) and Institute of Higher International Studies (Panthéon-Assas University, sessions of 1988-1989). He is currently a member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law.

Prior to his appointment to the World Court, he was president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and has had several positions in important international organizations. Cançado Trindade is the author of 52 books and around 680 monographs, contributions to books, essays and articles on international law, published in numerous countries and several languages.

Academic Recognitions[edit]

  • Yorke Prize, for Ph.D. Thesis in International Law (1977), University of Cambridge, U.K., with thesis on “Developments in the Rule of Exhaustion of Local Remedies in International Law”;
  • Honours, International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France (1988);
  • Honours, Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica (1997);
  • Honours, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1999); and University of Brasilia, Brazil (1999); and Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (2002);
  • Professor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru (2001);
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Central University of Chile, Santiago, Chile (2003);
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru (2003);
  • Prize “Isidro Fabela”, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico (2003);
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, American University of Paraguay, Asunción, Paraguay, (2004);
  • Prize “Pontes de Miranda”, Brazilian Academy of Judicial Letters (2004);
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia (2005);
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, National University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina (2005);
  • Annual Award of 2007 of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Washington D.C., (2007);
  • “W. Friedmann Memorial Award”, Columbia University, New York, (2008);
  • Jurist of the Centenary of Hélder Câmara, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2009);
  • Emeritus Professor of International Law of the University of Brasília, Brazil (2010);
  • Honorary Professor of International Law (Chair in International Tribunals), Utrecht University (2010);
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College, 2011);
  • National Prize of Human Rights, Brasília, Brazil (2011);
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University Panteion of Athens, Greece (2014);
  • Prize of the Association of Magistrates of Brazil (Amagis, 2014);
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India (2017).

Apart from his native Portuguese, he is fluent in French, Spanish, and English, and understands German and Italian. ).[2]


  1. ^ "International Court of Justice - Current Members". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  2. ^ Curriculum Lattes


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