The death of Professor Alexandre Kiss

26 March 2007 | News story

The Commission on Environmental Law expresses its deep consternation on the death of Professor Alexandre Kiss.

Of French and Hungarian nationality, Prof. Kiss was born in Budapest and lived in France since 1947. He was one of the pioneers in research on international environmental law. His numerous books and articles in several languages not only have been a source of inspiration for two generations of environmental lawyers, but also have had an undeniable impact on the development of international environmental law. He has been frequently consulted by governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. He was Honorary member of IUCN CEL, President of the European Council of Environmental Law, Director of Research Emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, Professor at the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg, and lecturer at numerous universities throughout the world. The publications of Professor Kiss include books on general international law, human rights law and international environmental law. He has written more than 400 articles on various international law topics, published in twelve languages. Among his distinctions, Professor Kiss holds the Cross of Officer of the Légion d'Honneur (France), the Austrian Distinguished Merit Cross, and he was elected Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has also been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Leuven.


He will be greatly missed and always remembered.


Sheila Abed
Chair of CEL


Annonce de la mort d’Alexandre Kiss


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