Nabil El-Araby has been Secretary General of the Arab League since July 2011. He was appointed Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs in March 2011. He served as Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration from 2008 to 2011. Previously he was a Judge at the International Court of Justice from 2001 until February 2006. He was appointed the Permanent Representative to the UN in New York from 1991 to 1999; a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations from 1994 to 2001; President of the Security Council in 1996; the Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva from 1987 to 1991. He was Legal Adviser and Director in the Legal and Treaties Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1987.