Judge Gocha Lordkipanidze

Nationality: Georgia (Eastern Europe)

Term: 11 March 2021 - 10 March 2030

Assumed full-time duty: 19 April 2021

Elected from: List B on 23 December 2020

Assigned to: Appeals Division

Previously assigned to: Appeals Division (16 March 2021 - 25 March 2024)

Current chamber: Appeals Chamber

President of the Appeals Division


Judge as of 11 March 2021, for a term of nine years. 

Judge Lordkipanidze has long experience in the field of international law as a senior state official, diplomat and professor of law. Prior to joining the ICC, he has served as Minister (2020-) and Deputy Minister (2012-2020) of Justice of Georgia. From 2018 to 2021, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, representing the Eastern European Group of States.

During his career, Judge Lordkipanidze has performed a number of functions in Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1991-2005), notably dealing with relations with international organisations, courts and tribunals. He was closely involved in the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Rome Statute, and subsequently represented Georgia in the work of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court in New York (1999-2002) on the relationship agreement between the Court and the United Nations, the Financial Regulations and Rules of the Court, the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Court, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and the crime of aggression.

Judge Lordkipanidze studied law at the Tbilisi State University and has obtained master's degrees in international law at the University of Essex and the Harvard Law School. He has also studied at the Fordham Law School PhD program and has taught international law at several universities in Georgia and abroad. He was a substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), a member of the Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe and has in the past served on the Board of the Georgian Red Cross Society.

Judge Gocha Lordkipanidze, since joining the Court, has presided over interlocutory appeals in The Prosecutor v. Said Abdel Kani case, and served on the bench for interlocutory appeals in the cases of The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”); The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud; and The Prosecutor v. Maxime Jeoffroy Eli Mokom Gawaka; as well as in the following situations: Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Situation in the Republic of the Philippines; and Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


Situation and Cases

Current situations and cases:
The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda - Appeals Chamber (Presiding)
The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen - Appeals Chamber
Past situations and cases:
The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen - Appeals Chamber ( 11 February 2021 - 15 December 2022 )
The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé - Appeals Chamber ( 1 April 2021 - 15 October 2021 )
The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda - Appeals Chamber ( 9 April 2021 - 12 September 2022 )
The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi - Appeals Chamber ( 28 June 2021 - 25 November 2021 )