Born on 11 March 1967, Robert Kolb holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Bern, a post-graduate degree in public international law (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), an LL.M. in law of the sea (University College, University of London), a Ph.D. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and was distinguished with a venia docendi on completion of his habilitation thesis from the University of Bern.
Robert Kolb has worked as a legal advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (1998 - 1999) and sporadically for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (since 2000). He was the Secretary of the Institut de Droit International (1999 - 2003) and was a member of the Board of Directors of the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law (2001 – 2003), renamed the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in 2007. In 2008 he was the Director of Studies for the Hague Academy of International Law (Francophone stream). He has been lawyer with the law firm “Lalive et Associés” (Geneva). In 2011 he acted as a counsel for the German Government in the Jurisdictional Immunities case (Germany v. Italy) at the International Court of Justice.
Robert Kolb was a lecturer in public international law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1999 – 2002), and later an associate Professor at the University of Bern (2002-2007) and adjunct Professor at the University of Neuchatel (2003-2008). He has also taught at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (and its predecessor institute), as well as the Catholic University of Milan, since 2002.
Robert Kolb was appointed as a Professor of public international law at the University of Geneva in 2007.