Philippe Kirsch

Member, HPCR Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding

Philippe Kirsch recently served as the Chairperson for the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Libya and as a Commissioner for the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.  He served as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole of the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court in 1998 and as the Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the ICC from 1999 to 2002.  Subsequently, he served as the first president and as a judge for the ICC.  He has also been engaged in the development of international criminal law related to terrorism and has served as Chairman or President for several international conferences addressing this issue  His numerous Canadian Government positions have included Assistant Deputy Minister for Legal, Consular and Passport Affairs, Ottawa (1995-1996) and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (1988-1992).  He recently presided as an ad hoc judge over the Belgium v. Senegal case for the International Court of Justice.