Judge Philippe Kirsch Q.C.
Judge Philippe Kirsch is one of the foremost authorities on international criminal law and public international law. Judge Kirsch has a BCL and a LLM from the Université de Montréal. Judge Kirsch served as a judge at International Criminal Court in The Hague between 2003 and 2009, acting as the Court’s first President. Prior to serving as a Judge at the Court, Judge Kirsch served as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (the Rome Conference). He was also Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court (1999 – 2002). He has also chaired the Canadian National Committee on Humanitarian Law (1998 – 1999) and served as a member of the Group of International Advisers to the International Committee of the Red Cross (2000 – 2003). Judge Kirsch has written extensively on international law, and, specifically, on the International Criminal Court. Additionally, Judge Kirsch served as Chairman of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee for the Suppression of Acts of Terrorism (1997-1999) and as Chairman of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee that elaborated the International Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel (1993-1994).