Friedrich W. Catoir

Current residence: Paris

Executive Summary:
Fully qualified German lawyer, General Consul rtd, Former Ambassador, Law of the Sea, Antarctica, Space and Environmental Law. Seeking to leverage over 44+ years of experience as a Senior Advisor.

Professional experience:

German Foreign Service from 1972 to 2009: Foreign Office, Diplomatic Service roles include:

  • 2006-2009   General Consul, and also responsible for promoting the presence of German personnel in International Organizations, Geneva (Switzerland)
  • 2002-2006   Ambassador, Law of the Sea, Air, Space and Environmental Law, Berlin (Germany)
  • 2001-2002   International Tax Law, Head Office, Berlin (Germany)
  • 1997-2001   Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy, Rabat (Morocco)
  • 1993-1997   First Counsellor in charge of legal and consular affairs including migration, Schengen and anti-terrorism issues, Paris (France)
  • 1989-1993   Counsellor, Press and Public Affairs, German Embassy, Rome (Italy)
  • 1986-89    Counsellor at Head Office, Protocol Department, in charge of foreign missions, international organizations and immunities, Bonn (Germany)

2009-Current activities

  • 2015   Trainer for government executives, Madagascar (see Appendix 1 & 2)
  • 2009-2013   Advisory Panellist, Ericon European Scientific Foundation, Strasbourg (see Appendix 3)
  • 2009- current   Lecturer and Speaker at conferences, Law of the Sea current issues

Education / Qualifications

Fully qualified German lawyer (Referendarexamen(First State Examination in Law) and Assesorexamen (Second State Examination in law); Universities of Bonn, Toulouse & Heidelberg, Judicial Clerkship in Baden Wurttemberg; Research Assistant, Cologne (Institute for the Law of the European Union)


Languages: French and German (mother tongues), English, Spanish, Italian (fluent), Swedish (basic)

Areas of expertise

  •  Maghreb
  • Sub-Saharan Africa with special focus on Francophonie
  • Europe (France and Italy)
  • Speeches and Lectures on sector issues (noted below)
  • Sector Speciality:
    • Law of the Sea and Maritime issues, including shipping, continental shelf, seabed and inherent exploitation rights and energy resources
    • Migration issues, international cooperation to combat terrorism
    • Privileges and immunities of foreign missions and international organizations
    • International tax law
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