Andrew (Andreas) J. Jacovides was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 19 December 1936 and graduated with distinction from the Pancyprian Gymnasium in 1954.
He recieved his higher education in Law at the University of Cambridge, the Inns of Court and the Harvard Law School. At Cambridge he graduated top of his class (1958) and received several prizes and awards for academic distinction. He was President of the St. Johns College Law Society and a College Supervisor in International Law.
Prior to his retirement at the mandatory age of 60, he was the most senior member of the Cyprus Foreign Service, having served as Ambassador to the United States (twice, for a total of 14 years), Ambassador to Germany, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In Washington he reached the position of Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and in New York he was Chairman of the Host Country Relations Committee.
Ambassador Jacovides has extensive experience in the political, legal and economic fields, at both the bilateral and the multilateral level. He served in all the Annual Sessions of the U.N. General Assembly since 1960, represented Cyprus in numerous Conferences (including the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned and OSCE), participated in major legal (Law of the Sea, Law of Treaties) and economic (including several Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank) conferences; was non-resident Ambassador to several other countries including Brazil, Canada, Austria, and Denmark, represented Cyprus at the World Bank, the IMF, ICAO, the OAS and the U.N. Agencies in Vienna (IAEA, UNIDO); and carried out several bilateral missions (London, Moscow, Beijing, New Delhi, Bonn, Paris, Bern). He served for 3 terms as an elected member of the U.N. International Law Commission (1982-1996), as a Member of the Appraisal Group on the Future of the Commonwealth (1989-91), and a member of the Cyprus National Group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (1989-93).
He taught Public International Law at the New School for Social Research in New York (1963-65) and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Indianapolis (1989) and Doctor of Humane Letters by Mount Vernon College (1981). He is an honorary citizen of many American cities, an active member (and frequent Panelist) of the American Society of International Law, Honorary Diplomatic Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and an Associate of the International Peace Academy. He received major decorations by the Governments of Greece (1976) and of Austria (1992).
Ambassador Jacovides has written and lectured extensively at Law Schools, Universities, Think-Tanks, Foreign Affairs Councils and his publications include articles on U.N. Peacekeeping, the Law of the Sea, the Commonwealth, the Diplomatic Corps in Washington and the International Criminal Court.
He is currently dividing his time between the United States (New York and Washington) and Cyprus as an international lawyer and consultant. He is an Arbitrator with ICSID (World Bank) and the AAA (American Arbitration Association), a Commissioner of the U.N. Compensation Commission (Geneva), and adviser to the Government of Cyprus on the Law of the Sea and as representative to the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the U.N. General Assembly (New York) and serves on the Board of the A.G. Leventis Charitable Foundation and of public companies in Cyprus. He recently served as a Senior Judge (and earlier as an Arbitrator) of the Claims Resolution Tribunal (Zurich) and a member of the Protection of Minorities Committee of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), and a former Chairman of the Cyprus Fulbright Commission. He has been actively involved with St. John’s College, Cambridge and, since 1999, he is an elected Honorary Fellow of the College. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for Mass Claims Processes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague).