[JURIST] Philippe Kirsch of Canada was chosen as President of the International Criminal Court by the Court's newly-sworn judges at its inauguration at The Hague Tuesday. Judge Kirsch is a former Canadian diplomat and Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of the International Criminal Court [official website]. In July 1998 he chaired the Committee of the Whole of the Rome Conference, which adopted the statute of the Court. Read a brief McGill Law Journal article by Judge Kirsch on the prospects for the ICC written in 2000. The Court's new Vice Presidents hail from Ghana (Akua Kuenyehia) and Costa Rica (Elizabeth Odio Benito). UN Radio has more on the Court's inauguration ceremony and the election of Judge Kirsch.