IJA International Judicial Academy

Director Detail

Chief Judge B. Paul Cotter


Chief Administrative Judge, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (ret.), Vice-President, Judiciary Leadership Development Council and Executive Director, Worldwide Judiciary Center

Judge Cotter was the Chief Administrative Judge of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for 19 years. Previously, he was Chief Judge of the Housing and Urban Development Board of Contract Appeals and a trial lawyer in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While Chief Judge of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he presided over the construction of one of the first fully automated courtrooms in the United States. He has published and lectured in the United States and in other countries on court automation and complex litigation management. He is a past trustee of the American Inns of Court (and was awarded their A. Sherman Christensen Award for his service), a founder and past president of the Prettyman/Leventhal American Inn of Court, a lecturer at the National Judicial College, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Life Member of the American Law Institute. He also founded the Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference and is a founding Director and Treasurer of the International Organization for Judicial Training. Judge Cotter received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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