Professor Nicolas Michel is Professor of International Law at the Geneva University Law Faculty and Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He was formerly Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Legal Counsel of the United Nations (2004-2008), Director of International Law at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (1998-2003) and Chairman of the Committee of the Legal Advisors on Public International Law of the Council of Europe (2003 and 2004).
He led a number of Swiss delegations to international conferences. He also taught International and European law at the University of Fribourg Law Faculty (1987-2004), an institution where he obtained a PhD in law. His Master of Arts in international relations was earned at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and his attorney-at-law certificate was awarded by the State of Fribourg. Professor Michel has authored numerous books and articles on international and European law.