The Philippe Kirsch Institute was originally created as a social enterprise by the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), a Canadian charitable organization that worked with survivors of genocide, torture and other atrocities to seek redress and bring perpetrators to justice from 2008-2020.

Today, the Institute benefits Lawyers Without Borders Canada, a non-governmental international cooperation organization whose mission is to support the defence of the human rights of people in situations of vulnerability by strengthening access to justice and legal representation.