Anna Petrig holds the Chair of International Law and Public Law at the University of Basel in Switzerland. She has a PhD in the field of the law of the sea and human rights law and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. Anna is a member of the Bar of the Canton of Berne (Switzerland) and the New York State Bar (USA). Her broad legal experience includes work in private practice, the courts, and the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Anna has provided expert advice and legal counsel on maritime-related matters to the Swiss Government, NGOs, international organizations and other international fora.
She has been a member of the Swiss Delegation and the Delegation of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) to the International Maritime Organization. Since 2019, Anna is sitting as Judge ad hoc for Switzerland on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in cases 27 and 29 (The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case, Switzerland v. Nigeria). Currently, she is a member of the team leading the Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Initiative, which aims at providing victims of human rights abuses at sea with an effective remedy. Anna is the author of various monographs, notably pertaining to the law of the sea as well as international human rights law, general public international law and criminal law.