Judge Philippe Kirsch


Judge Philippe Kirsch is the former President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and former Chair of the Assembly of States Parties’ Advisory Committee on nominations of ICC judges. 

Judge Kirsch chaired the historic negotiations to establish the ICC and was elected as one of its first judges and its first president. After the ICC, Judge Kirsch served as a judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice. He also chaired a UN Commission of Inquiry in Libya during the revolution and was Commissioner in similar missions in Bahrain and Myanmar. Judge Kirsch has a Bachelor of Civil Law and LLM degree from the Université de Montréal. He also has a distinguished background in foreign service, having served as Ambassador to Canada.