The Philippe Kirsch Institute, named for the Canadian lawyer and diplomat who served as the first President of the historic International Criminal Court in The Hague, is a social enterprise that benefits the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ). CCIJ is a charitable organization that works with survivors of genocide, torture and other atrocities to seek redress and bring perpetrators to justice.

The Institute was established to help fund CCIJ’s international justice and accountability work, which includes:

  • Providing information, assistance, and direction to survivors of human rights abuses and the loved ones of victims; carry out and/or facilitate research and investigations of their cases; compile cases to be brought to the attention of the Canadian government or other authorities;
  • Supporting government initiatives leading to the prosecution in Canada of torturers, war criminals, and perpetrators of severe human rights abuses, and support other appropriate remedies;
  • Educating & training legal professionals, civil society groups, and the general public in Canada about impunity as a critical human rights issue;
  • Serving as a resource for anti-impunity initiatives across Canada, including access to Canadian and international jurisprudence and information regarding Canadian law, policy, and practice;
  • Supporting ongoing efforts to reform law in order to strengthen the legal remedies available in Canada for survivors and victims of serious human rights abuses.

As such, The Kirsch Institute has combined a premier roster of judges and lawyers with web technology to educate Canadian legal practitioners for their ever-increasing role in the global community. The Institute offers Canada’s first online certificate in International Criminal Law and also holds a video library of specialized and bilingual Continuing Professional Development courses in criminal, constitutional, civil, human rights, and international law.

The Institute has teamed with leading jurists and legal experts, to create a community of lawyers who believe in international justice and CCIJ’s critical role in this global endeavour. Faculty members, among them the Hon. Ian Binnie, Hon. Michel Bastarache, Hon. Frank Iacobucci, Hon. Michèle Rivet, Hon. Yves de Montigny, John Norris, Lorne Waldman and Kent Roach, are testament to these commitments (see our faculty bios).

Would you like to join our community of lawyers who believe in and support international justice? Become a Member today and benefit from affiliation and networking opportunities with our renowned Faculty, all while supporting the Canadian Centre for International Justice.