George H. Aldrich received the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School. He has been Deputy Legal Adviser of the Department of State (1969–1977), Ambassador and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on International Humanitarian Law (1974–1977), Ambassador and Deputy Special Representative of the President for the Law of the Sea Conference (1977–1981), Member of the United Nations International Law Commission (1981), and Judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague since 1981. Concurrently in 1990 he became the second holder of the “Red Cross” Chair of International Humanitarian Law at Leiden University.