Judge Keebong Paek

Nationality: Republic of Korea (the) (Asia-Pacific States)

Term: 11 March 2024 - 10 March 2033

Elected from: List A on 6 December 2023

Assigned to: Trial Division

Current chamber: Trial Chamber IV, Trial Chamber VI


Judge Keebong Paek began his career in the legal field in 1992, serving as a Public Prosecutor for the Republic of Korea. He was dedicated to justice, conducting extensive investigations, prosecuting criminal cases, and overseeing trials related to a wide range of crimes.

He also served as a Deputy Director and later as a Director at the Ministry of Justice. In these roles, he was responsible for managing ICC-related matters, drafting the implementation bill for Korea's ratification of the Rome Statute, and representing the country at ICC Preparatory Commission sessions and the Kampala Review Conference.

In addition to his work in Korea, Judge Paek served at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (HQ and SEAP Regional Office). He provided crucial support to Member States in implementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, focusing on strengthening law enforcement capacities.

After a 22-year tenure as a prosecutor, Judge Paek transitioned to private practice, becoming an attorney at Kim&Chang in 2014. He specialized in law enforcement and regulatory compliance, with a particular focus on white-collar crime, extradition, mutual legal assistance, and cross-border asset recovery. He also played a pivotal role in assisting companies in building compliance systems and conducting internal investigations.

Judge Paek studied law at Seoul National University. He obtained an LLM from Columbia Law School, and a PhD from Hanyang University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the law of evidence in ICC proceedings, and he authored numerous books and articles on international criminal law.

Judge Keebong Paek

Situation and Cases

Current situations and cases:
The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain - Trial Chamber IV
The Prosecutor v. Mahamat Said Abdel Kani - Trial Chamber VI