Judge Piotr Hofmański has been appointed the President of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He is the first president from Poland. His term of office will last 3 years.
Piotr Hofmański graduated in law from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, where he also received a doctorate degree. By the resolution of the Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration of 6 March 1990, he was granted the title of Assoc. Prof. of the University of Silesia. The subject of his work was the jurisdictional independence of the criminal court.
In 1997, by decision of the President of the Republic of Poland, he was awarded the title of professor. From 1996 to 2015 he was a judge of the Supreme Court in the Chamber for criminal matters. In 2014, he was appointed as a judge of International Criminal Court in The Hague for the 2015-2024 term, being the first Pole in the history of this institution.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague is a court established by the 1998 Treaty of Rome, operating since 2002. It was established to trial people accused of committing the most serious crimes, such as: genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. It consists of 18 judges.