Internationally-acclaimed jurist Philippe Kirsch has enthusiastically lent his name to this innovative initiative.

“I am very honoured to be associated with this venture,” said Philippe Kirsch. “It is my strong expectation that this training will be highly sought after [and] will provide a great service to the legal community in Canada.”

Justice Kirsch chaired the historic negotiations to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the world’s first permanent legal body where individuals are tried for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The ICC was inaugurated in The Hague in 2003, and Justice Kirsch was elected as one of its first judges and its first president.

Born in Belgium in 1947, Justice Kirsch arrived in Canada in 1961 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Civil Law and LL.M. degree from the Université de Montréal (1972).

Justice Kirsch also has a distinguished background in foreign service, having served as a Canadian Ambassador and in 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 important contributions to the field of international criminal law.

Watch the video below to learn why Judge Kirsch stands behind the Institute.