Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (22 July) on the death of Hans-Peter Kaul:
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Hans-Peter Kaul, the former German judge at the International Criminal Court, following a short, serious illness.
Hans-Peter Kaul played a crucial role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, following the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998. As its First Vice-President for many years, he was a driving force behind the development of the Court.
He dedicated his professional life to creating a world in which crimes against international law, such as those committed by Germany between 1933 and 1945, would not go unpunished. With the death of Hans-Peter Kaul, the international community has lost a tireless campaigner for justice and against impunity.
Hans-Peter Kaul, who died today, was a diplomat in the Federal Foreign Office for over 25 years before being elected as a judge to the newly founded International Criminal Court in 2003. During his diplomatic career, Kaul worked intensively on the topic of international criminal law and championed the foundation of the International Criminal Court. He had a significant impact on court rulings on international law.