Newly-appointed Judge of the International Criminal Court, Geoffrey Henderson, said yesterday he was devastated by the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Karl Hudson-Phillips, former ICC judge and legal luminary.
“Karl was not only a larger than life, formidable barrister, he was also the complete gentleman. He was gracious and kind and always willing to help young attorneys who were going down the wrong path,” Henderson stated.
He added that while he (Henderson) served as Director of Public Prosecutions, Hudson-Phillips always provided valuable advice and practical insight into complex issues.
President of the International Criminal Court, Sang-Hyun Song, said yesterday the passing of the former judge of the ICC, Karl Hudson-Phillips, was a “great loss”.
In an e-mail to fellow judges, Song announced the “sad news” of Hudson-Phillips’ death, noted that he had made important contributions to establishing the judicial foundations of the ICC.
“He chaired the first meetings of judges before the election of the presidency. He also contributed actively to the drafting of the Regulations of the Court,” Song stated.
ICC Judge Fatoumata Dembele Diarra stated that Hudson-Phillips death was a great sadness for the first generation of ICC judges who “shared a lot of experience with this easy-going man.”
Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said while he did not work with Hudson-Phillips at the ICC, they became friends in his (Eboe-Osuji) former capacity as the legal adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, when Hudson-Phillips chaired the Human Rights Council mandated enquiry into the Mavi Marmara Flotilla incident.
“I found him a very warm man and full of life with a wonderful sense of humour and amazing integrity,” he said. “I join my colleagues in conveying my deepest condolences to his family,” Eboe-Osuji added.
Hudson-Phillips resigned from the court for personal reasons on March 14, 2007.