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Holger Bertil Rotkirch was Finnish ambassador, retired lawyer. Law: University of Helsinki, Finland 1960. Named Commander Order Finnish Lion, President Republic of Finland, 1988, Commander First Class Order Finnish Lion, 1997; recipient Jubilee medal, Government of Åland, 1997.


Rotkirch, Holger Bertil was born on May 6, 1937 in Helsinki, Finland. Son of Bertil Carl and Astrid Martha Elisabeth Rotkirch.


Master of Laws in International Law, Harvard University, 1965. Bachelor of Laws, University Helsinki, 1960.


Assistant lawyer Hannes Snellman Law Office, Helsinki, Finland, 1961—1961. Lawyer Bankirfirman Ane Gyllenberg Ab, 1962—1966. Legal adviser Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd, 1966—1969, director ad interim external relations, head Administrative Section, 1969—1970.

From head International Law Section Department Legal Affairs to director general Legal Affairs Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland, 1970—1994. Director general Legal Affairs Ministry Foreign Affairs, 1994—2002, retired, 2002. Ambassador Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1991—1994.

Alternate government representative convention Government Finland, 2000, secretary general diplomatic conference, 1974. Chairman national equal rights committee Government of Finland, 1982. Agent European court human rights Government Finland, Strasbourg, 1994—2002.

Member national committee Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 1971—1984, deputy chairman national committee security and cooperation Europe, 1884—1987. Member Permanent Court Arbitration The Hague, Netherlands, 1994—2002. Member of the international law committee Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (including Monaco), 1994—2002.

Chair of the ad hoc working group on the charter of fundamental rights of the european union European Union, Brussels, 1999, chairman international law committee, 99. Member arbitral tribunal panel International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, 1985—1989. Chairman advisory board Ministry Environment, Finland, 1981—1987, member national baltic sea committee, 1972—1981.

Member advisory board space matters Ministry Transport and Communications, Finland, 1985—1987. Chairman international humanitarian law committee Ministry Foreign Affairs, Finland, 1994—2002. Agent court justice European Communities Government, 1994—2002.

1st lieutenant Anti-Aircraft Defence Finnish Army.


  • Law: University of Helsinki, Finland 1960.


Member of The Law Association Finland, International Law Association (secretary 1968-1977, board director 1981-1991, deputy president 1984-1991, since 2004), American Society International Law.


Married Kristina Ellen Witting, April 5, 1963. Children: Anna Ullica, Anders Holger, Kajsa Eva, Matilda Astrid.

Bertil Carl

Astrid Martha Elisabeth Rotkirch

Kristina Ellen Witting

Anna Ullica Rotkirch

Anders Holger Rotkirch

Kajsa Eva Rotkirch

Matilda Astrid Rotkirch