Passing of CICC Advisory Board Member, Patricia Wald

Coalition for the ICC


The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) would like to would like to share in expressing our deep sadness at the death of The Honorable Judge Patricia Wald on Saturday 12 January 2019.

“Judge Wald was both a great national and international judge, the kind of world citizen and leader that personifies the hope of all who believe justice and the rule of law can prevail over war and tyranny,” stated William Pace, Convenor of the CICC.                                                                                       

 Judge Wald was a pioneering lawyer and judge in the United States, serving as the first female on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before being appointed as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia by former Secretary General, Kofi Annan. She later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 from President Barack Obama.

Justice Richard Goldstone, the chair of the CICC Advisory Board said, “It was my privilege to work closely with Judge Wald over many years. She had firm views about justice, a strong empathy for victims and firm objections to any forms of prejudice whether on grounds of gender or race. She will be missed.” 

The Coalition was honored to have Judge Wald serve on its Advisory Board for many years.  She participated in the CICC eminent panel assessing ICC judicial candidates that resulted in the Assembly of State Parties finally enacting the Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations.

Obituary for Judge Wald, the New York Times