Born in 1945, Pierre-Henri Imbert holds degrees in political science and public law, and has taught and lectured at various universities as a professor of public law. Seconded to the Council of Europe from 1976 to 2005, he served as its Director General for Human Rights from 1999 to 2005. He is the author of two books, Destutt de Tracy, critique de Montesquieu ou De la liberté en matière politique (A. Nizet), and Les réserves aux traités multilatéraux. Évolution du droit et de la pratique depuis l’avis consultatif donné par la Cour internationale de Justice le 28 mai 1951 (A. Pedone), and co-editor of La Convention européenne des droits de l’homme, commentaire article par article (Economica). In addition, he has produced a large number of articles, mainly on the subject of human rights. Pierre-Henri Imbert also devotes considerable time to organizations of general interest as a member of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg; the Scientific Committee of the Institut des droits de l’homme of the Paris Bar; the Board of the Société française pour le droit international; the Scientific Council of the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg; and the Board of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of Strasbourg.