Song Sang-hyun

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Song Sang-Hyun
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2nd President of the International Criminal Court
In office
11 March 2009 – 11 March 2015
Preceded by Philippe Kirsch
Succeeded by Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi
Judge of the International Criminal Court
Assumed office
11 March 2003
Nominated by South Korea
Personal details
Born (1941-12-21) 21 December 1941 (age 75)
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Seoul National University Law School
Tulane University Law School
Wolfson College, Cambridge
Cornell Law School
Korean name
Revised Romanization Song Sang-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Song Sang-hyŏn
Pen name
Hangul [1]
Revised Romanization Simdang
McCune–Reischauer Simtang

Song Sang-Hyun (born 21 December 1941)[2] is a South Korean lawyer, and the former President of the International Criminal Court (ICC).[3][4]


Song attended Seoul National University Law School, graduating with an LL.B. in 1963.[5] He attended Tulane University Law School as a Fulbright Fellow, then obtained a Diploma in Comparative Legal Studies from the University of Cambridge and a J.S.D. from Cornell Law School.[5]

He has lectured Melbourne Law School, Harvard Law School, New York University and Seoul National University Law School.[5]

In February 2003 he was elected to the first ever bench of ICC judges, for a three-year term.[6] He took office on 11 March 2003 and was assigned to the Appeals Division. He was re-elected to the court in 2006, for a term of nine years.[7] On 11 March 2009, he was elected President of the court.[3]

He has been awarded Cornell University's Distinguished Alumni Medal, the Korean Federal Bar Association's Legal Culture Award, and the National Decoration of Moran Order from the Korean Government.[5]



  1. ^ 심당 송상현 선생 정년기념호
  2. ^ 송상현 (in Korean). Nate. 
  3. ^ a b International Criminal Court (11 March 2009). Judge Song (Republic of Korea) elected President of the International Criminal Court; Judges Diarra (Mali) and Kaul (Germany) elected First and Second Vice-Presidents respectively. Accessed 11 March 2009.
  4. ^ 송상현 서울법대 교수, 국제형사재판관 ‘재선’ (in Korean). Law Issue. 2006-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d Profile: Sang-Hyun Song. Accessed 11 March 2009.
  6. ^ Coalition for the International Criminal Court. First Election — 2003. Accessed 11 March 2009.
  7. ^ UN News Centre (26 January 2006). At UN, 6 judges elected to the International Criminal Court. Accessed 11 March 2009.