International Academy of Comparative Law


In July 2014, at the 19th General Congress of Comparative Law in Vienna, Diego P. Fernández Arroyo was elected Secretary-General of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He was reelected Secretary-General in July 2018 at the 20th General Congress in Fukuoka.
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).

Diego P. Fernández Arroyo

Diego P. Fernández Arroyo is a professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, where he is the Director of the LLM in Transnational Arbitration and Dispute Settlement. He is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, an Associate of the Institute of International Law, and a former President of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP). He is a member of Argentinean Delegations before UNCITRAL, and he has also represented Argentina and ASADIP before the Hague Conference of Private International Law, the Organization of American States and UNIDROIT. He is actively involved in the practice of international arbitration as an independent arbitrator and an expert. A former Professor at the Universities Litoral, Salamanca and Complutense of Madrid, and Global Professor of the New York University, he has been invited in a number of universities in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. The Universities of Buenos Aires and National of Córdoba have awarded him as Honorary Professor. Professor Fernández Arroyo is the author of numerous publications (published in more than 20 countries) in the fields of private international law, comparative law, international dispute resolution, international arbitration and global governance.

Messages from the Secretary General

Former Secretary Generals

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