Christian Tomuschat (Germany) was elected President of the Court in September 2013. He is professor emeritus of Humboldt University Berlin and worked for 22 years at the Law Faculty of the University of Bonn as the director of the Institute of international law. Professor Tomuschat was a member of the Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1977-1986) and, from 1985 to 1996, served on the United Nations International Law Commission. From 1990 to 1993, he was the rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Commission on the human rights situation in Guatemala. Professor Tomuschat succeeds Robert Badinter, former Minister of Justice of France, who headed the Court since its creation in 1995 until July 2013.
Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland), the Special Representative of the Finnish Foreign Ministry for regional peace-mediation tasks, has been elected Vice-President of the Court in October 2013.
The members of the bureau are: Païvi Hirvela (Finland); Oskaras Jusys (Lithuania); Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland); Vanda Lamm (Hungary); Riccardo Pisillo Mazzeschi (Italy); Daniel Thürer (Switzerland); and Anna Wyrozumska (Poland).