Francisco Rezek

José Francisco Rezek (born January 18, 1944 in Cristina) is a Brazilian judge who served as a member of the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague, Netherlands, from 1996 to 2006. His surname "Rezek" comes from Lebanon.

Francisco Rezek
Supreme Federal Court Justice
In office
March 24, 1983 – March 14, 1990 [1]
Appointed byJoão Baptista Figueiredo [2]
Preceded byXavier de Albuquerque
Succeeded byCarlos Velloso [3]
In office
May 21, 1992 – February 5, 1997
Appointed byFernando Collor de Mello [4]
Preceded byCélio Borja
Succeeded byNelson Jobim [5]
Minister of External Relations of Brazil
In office
March 15, 1990 [1] – April 13, 1992
Nominated byFernando Collor de Mello
Preceded byAbreu Sodré [6]
Succeeded byCelso Lafer
Personal details
Born (1944-01-18) January 18, 1944 (age 76)
Cristina, Minas Gerais, Brazil [1]
Alma materFederal University of Minas Gerais
l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne
Wolfson College, Oxford

He earned his LL.B and D.E.S degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte) and practised as a lawyer for a few years. He then obtained his PhD degree from l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne in the 1970s. He followed his academic career on to England, earning a Diploma in Law at Oxford University in 1979 (Wolfson College), after undertaking extension courses and research at Harvard University (1965) and at The Hague Academy of International Law (1968).

He was a Professor of International Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Brasília from 1971 to 1997 and later became Chair of the Department of Law, serving from 1974 to 1976 and Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies from 1978 to 1979. He moved to Rio de Janeiro and held Professorships in International Law at Rio Branco Institute (the official diplomatic school of Brazil) from 1976 to 1997. Rezek was a Lecturer at The Hague Academy of International Law in 1986 and at the Institute of International Public Law and International Relations in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1989.

Rezek is also the president of several conferences, a lecturer and an examiner for professorship contests in the leading Brazilian universities (since 1971). He is currently professor of International Law Theory at University Center of Brasília (UniCEUB). He became Attorney of the Republic in 1972; and Deputy Attorney-General of the Republic from 1979 to 1983. He then became Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil, appointed by the President with the approval of the Senate, in March, 1983, at the age of 39. He resigned in March 1990 and was appointed again in April, 1992, but retired in 1997.

He was Foreign Minister of Brazil from March 1990 to April 1992 and has been a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 1987.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c STF website (in Portuguese) Retrieved November 19, 2012
  2. ^ O Estado de S. Paulo. March 12, 1983, p. A9
  3. ^ STF website (in Portuguese) Retrieved November 19, 2012
  4. ^ O Estado de S. Paulo. May 20, 1992, p. A6
  5. ^ STF website (in Portuguese) Retrieved November 19, 2012
  6. ^ Itamaraty website Archived 2012-09-18 at the Wayback Machine (in Portuguese) Retrieved November 20, 2012
Legal offices
Preceded by
Xavier de Albuquerque
Judge of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
Succeeded by
Carlos Velloso
Preceded by
Célio Borja
Judge of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
Succeeded by
Nelson Jobim