Born: Augusta, Ga.
Education: Juris doctorate, University of Georgia; C.R.B. fellowship, Belgian American Educational Foundation. While a C.R.B. Fellow, Simons obtained an LL.M. degree at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
He completed his education as a Jervey Fellow from 1978 to 1980 at the Parker School of Foreign Law of Columbia University, during which time he was awarded an LL.M degree from Columbia and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies from the Université de Paris I.
Simons on traveling internationally: While I was in graduate school, one of my professors was taking a group of undergraduate students from Colgate University to Yugoslavia. So it was my first opportunity to actually go abroad. The first country I went to was Yugoslavia.
I spent 10 weeks in Yugoslavia and another four weeks traveling around Europe. At a young age, that gave me a lot of perspective. I had an interest in international things before that, but it was the first time I was able to experience it, and I loved it, and I haven’t stopped traveling since.