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Erkki Kourula, international judge.


Kourula, Erkki was born on June 12, 1948.


Master of Laws, University Helsinki. Doctor of Philosophy in Law, University Oxford.


District judge, 1979. Professor international law University Lapland, Rovaniemi, 1982—1983. Various research posts in international, constitutional and administrative law University Helsinki, University Oxford, Academy Finland and United Nations, 1972—1982, 1984—1985.

Legal advisor Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1986—1989, director international law division, 1989—1991. Minister counsellor, legal advisor Permanent Mission of Finland to United Nations, New York City, 1991—1995. Deputy director general legal affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1995—1998.

Ambassador, permanent representative of Finland Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1998—2002. Director general for legal affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2002—2003. Judge International Criminal Court, The Hague, since 2003.

Agent of Government Finland European Court Human Rights, Strasbourg, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg. Head Finnish Delegation to Preparatory Committee and to United Nations Diplomatic Conference on establishment of International Criminal Court, 1994—1998. Chairman Special Committee on Charter of the United Nations, 1994.

Special advisor to chairman Working Group on Question Equitable Representation and Increase in Membership of Security Council, 1993—1995. Member Finnish delegation United Nations General Assembly, 1986—1990, 1995—1997. Rapporteur on relations Council of Europe to United Nations, 1999—2000.

Chairman Rapporteur Groups on Human Rights and National Minorities, 2000—2002. Lecturer in field.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Married Pirkko Kourula. 2 children.

Pirkko Kourula