Press Release

Biographical Note


Mohamed Bennouna, Permanent Representative of Morocco, was elected Chairman of the Sixth Committee (Legal) on 10 June.

Prior to his appointment as Permanent Representative in 2001, Mr. Bennouna served as a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 1998.  Previously, from 1991 to 1998, he was Director-General of the Arab World Institute in Paris.  From 1985 until 1989 he was Morocco’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

Mr. Bennouna was a Professor at the Faculty of Law of Mohammed V University of Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco, from 1975 until 1979.  In 1975 he became Dean of the Faculty of Law.  In 1972 he was a Professor in public law and political science at the Sorbonne in Paris.

He holds degrees in public law and in political science from the University of Nancy, France, and the Sorbonne in Paris.  In 1970 he received a diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law, and in 1972 a Doctorate in international law from the University of Nancy, France.

Mr. Bennouna’s legal expertise includes chairing a panel of the United Nations Compensation Commission.  He was a member of the International Law Commission in Geneva from 1986 to 1998.

Born in 1943 in Marrakech, Mr. Bennouna is married and has three children.

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*     This supersedes Press Release BIO/3352 of 9 April 2001.