Justice Philippe Kirsch was the first president of the world’s first permanent International Criminal Court and has been called the father of this court. He chaired the negotiations to establish the ICC, which was inaugurated in The Hague in 2003 to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was elected as one its first judges. Judge Kirsch is also a former Canadian Ambassador, and held other high-level posts within the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988 and made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009 for his significant contributions in the field of international criminal law.