Judge Tomka is Member of the Court since 6 February 2003, Vice-President of the Court since 6 February 2009 and President of the Court since 6 February 2012. He received his LL.M. (summa cum laude), Doctor iuris (international law) and Ph.D. in International Law from Charles University, Prague. Judge Tomka is a senior diplomat and served as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations (1999-2003). He publishes extensively and is author of a doctoral thesis on the Codification of International Law (Charles University, Prague, 1984) and of a series of articles on various important topics of international law .