Ambassador Wilfried Bolewski, Ph.D.

Diplomat, Lawyer and Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
Professor at the American Graduate School in Paris

Fields of expertise

  • Public International Law and the diplomatic decision-making process

  • Political psychology in foreign policy and conflict analysis

  • Corporate Diplomacy (State and non-State actors)

  • Protocol


    • 1971: Doctorate in International Law, Marburg University, Germany

    • 1971: Diploma in International Politics and Economy, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

    • 1967-70: First/Second State Examination in Law, Berlin, Germany

    • 1962-67: University Studies in Law, Economics, English, and French, in Berlin and Marburg, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; and Cambridge, UK

      Other current posts

      • Professor at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France (since 2008)

      • Professor at the American University in Paris, France (2011-12)

      • Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Faculty of Law, Free University of Berlin (since 2007)
      • Faculty member at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale, Paris (since 2011)

        Previous experience

        • 2006-2008: Ambassador, German Foreign Office Special Representative for Universities and Foundations, Foreign Service Academy, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin

        • 2004-2008: Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and Protocol at the Faculties of Law and Political Science, Free University of Berlin

        • 2003-2006: Deputy Chief of Protocol, German Foreign Ministry, Berlin, Germany (Chancellors Schröder and Merkel)

        • 2000-2001: NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, Senior Course Vice-President

        • 1997-2000: Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan

        • 1993-1997: Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to Jamaica, Belize and The Commonwealth of the Bahamas;
          Consul General to the Cayman Islands and to the Turks and Caicos Islands;
          Germany's Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica

        • 1990-1993: Deputy Head of Section within the Political Directorate General, Foreign Ministry, Bonn, Germany

        • 1987-1990: Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon

        • 1986-1987: Deputy Head of Delegation, Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, Switzerland

        • 1983-1986: Deputy Head of Mission, Consulate General of Germany in Sydney, Australia

        • 1973-1983: Various assignments in Italy, Poland, Australia and Germany 

        • 1973: Joined the German Foreign Service

        • 1971-1972: Legal Advisor, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland

          Selected Publications

          • Diplomacy and International Law in Globalized Relations, Springer: Berlin-Heidelberg-New York, 2007

          • "Diplomatic Processes and Cultural Variations: the Relevance of Culture in Diplomacy", in: The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Winter/Spring 2008, p. 145

          • "Wissenschaftsnetz Diplomatie in der Verantwortungsgesellschaft", in: Manuel Fröhlich (ed.), UN Studies, vol. 1, Nomos Verlag, 2008, p. 209

          • "Symbiose entre diplomatie et entreprises transnationales", in: Revue internationale et stratégique, 2005, vol. 4, no. 60, p. 59

          Editorial Activity

          • Associate Editor of Brill Research Perspectives,

          • Reviewer for Routledge New Diplomacy Studies

          • Diplomatic Commentator for the BBC and France 24


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