International Academy of Comparative Law


In October 2022, at the 21th General Congress of Comparative Law in Asunción, Gary BELL was elected Secretary-General of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

The members of the Executive Committee, including the Secretary-General, are elected for a period of four years and are eligible for re-election. (Statutes, art. X)

Some faculties of the Secretary-General

● Subject to Article 9 of these Statutes, the Secretary-General is responsible for the scientific programme of the Academy, overseeing the administrative operation of the Academy and supervising the publication of the Academy’s Acts and Proceedings (Statutes, art. XIII).

● Members elections may take place every year under conditions to be set down by the Secretary-General (By-Laws, art. 4)

● The amount of dues shall be decided by the Secretary-General in consultation with the Executive Committee (By-Laws, art. 7).


The biography of the new Secretary-General will be uploaded in due course

Former Secretary Generals

Diego P. FERNÁNDEZ ARROYO 2014-2022

Professor, Sciences Po, Paris

Jürgen BASEDOW 2006-2014

Professor at the University of Hamburg; co-director of the Max Planck Institute of Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

Roland DRAGO 1973-2006

Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris II

Gabriel MARTY 1965-1973 (decease)

President of the University of Toulouse

Felipe de SOLÁ CAÑIZARES 1958-1965 (decease)

Director of the Institute of Comparative Law of Barcelona; Dean of the International Faculty of Comparative Law, Strasbourg

Elèmer BALOGH 1927-1958

Professor at the University of the Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg

Elèmer BALOGH and Robert W. LEE 1924-1927

Dean of the McGill University Faculty of Law