Judge Philippe Kirsch

Canada

Judge Philippe Kirsch is a former President of the International Criminal Court, and former Chair of the Assembly of States Parties’ Advisory Committee on nominations of judges of the International Criminal Court. After the ICC, he 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. He also has a Bachelor of Civil Law and LL.M. degree from the Université de Montréal. Judge Kirsch chaired the historic negotiations to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC) and he was elected as one of its first judges and its first president. Judge Kirsch also has a distinguished background in foreign service, having served as a Canadian Ambassador.