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Members of the International Criminal Court,
based in the Hague, Netherlands, yesterday joined
with the legal and political fraternity in mourning
the passing of legal icon Karl Hudson-Phillips.
In an e-mail, president of the court, Sang-Hyun
Song, told the other members of the court of the
death of Hudson-Phillips.
Song wrote,"Judge Karl T Hudson-Phillips, one
of the first judges of the ICC, elected in February
2003, passed away last night in London. He was vis-
iting London to celebrate his son s birthday.
"Judge Hudson-Phillips (of T&T) made some
important contributions to establishing the judicial
foundations of the court. He chaired the first meetings
of judges before the election of the presidency.
"He also contributed actively to the drafting of
the regulations of the court. He resigned from the
court for personal reasons on March 14, 2007. His
demise is a great loss for all of us."
Justice Geoffrey Henderson, who was appointed
last year to serve on the ICC, also commented.
He said: "I am devastated by the news of the
sudden and unexpected death of Karl Hudson-Phillips.
Karl was a formidable barrister who was larger than
life. He was also a gracious and kind man who was
always willing to give advice and practical insights
into difficult issues. His passing is a huge loss."
Ekaterina Trendafilova, who heads the pre-trial
division of the criminal division of the ICC, said:
"This is a great loss for all of us who had the chance
of meeting and working with Judge Hudson-Phillips.
He was an outstanding example of exceptional pro-
fessionalism, highest integrity and nobility and last
but not least the kindest of a colleague and a person.
May he rest in peace."
And another judge of the ICC, Fatoumata Dembele
Diarra, said: "This bad news is a big sadness for the
first generation of ICC judges who shared a lot of
experiences with this easy-going man.
"We must convey our condolences to his family
and to the Bar Association of T&T. It will be even
important, if possible, to send an official of ICC for
Arthur Snell, British High
Commissioner to T&T:
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of Karl
Hudson-Phillips, ORTT, QC.
"Karl was a giant in the legal history of the
Caribbean region and his contribution to T&T s legal
and political development is profound. He also played
a significant role in the development of global criminal
justice as one of the first judges on the International
"Anyone who was fortunate enough to have met
Karl will recall his power as an orator, his penetrating
intellect and his powerful sense of justice. I extend
my condolences to his family and to the people of
The country and legal profession
has lost the grandmaster and an intel-
lectual giant to whom it owes an eter-
nal debt of gratitude, says Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan.
He was referring to former attorney
general and legal affairs minister Karl
Hudson-Phillips, QC, who passed away
in his sleep on Wednesday night in
London, where he had gone to attend
his son s birthday celebrations.
In tributes from Ramlogan, Legal
Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar
and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley, Hudson-Phillips was described as
a classy politician, a larger-than-life
character and a philanthropist.
In a release yesterday, Rowley said:
"Hudson-Phillips was a distinctive
legal luminary and classy politician
who exemplified the highest standards
Hudson-Phillips, a former judge of
the International Criminal Court and
recipient of the country s highest
award---the Order of T&T---was 80.
Rowley said Hudson-Phillips
remained a most sought-after legal
mind whose opinions invariably
reflected his exceptional knowledge of
law as well as standards of ethics.
Ramadhar noted Hudson-Phillips
contribution to the country, having
served as a former legal affairs minister
and attorney general as well as pres-
ident of the Law Association.
"He was a respected and distin-
guished legal practitioner, politician,
businessman and philanthropist.
Ramlogan described Hudson-
Phillips as a "larger-than-life character"
who dominated the political and legal
landscape during his distinguished
He said Hudson-Phillips contribu-
tion in both spheres helped shape and
transform T&T and society in the post-
"Karl was considered a legal genius
by many. He was an advocate par
excellence and possessed the unique
ability to advocate both civil and crim-
inal cases with equal distinction.
Ramlogan said that as a former pres-
ident of the Land Tenants and Ratepay-
ers Association, Hudson-Phillips rep-
resented the poor and downtrodden
and was fearless in the pursuit of social
justice. He said Hudson-Phillips most
important and impactful intervention,
however, was in the political sphere.
"After Karl s Organisation for
National Reconstruction (ONR) failed
to win a single seat in the 1981 election,
despite securing the second highest
number of votes, he combined forces
with Basdeo Panday s United Labour
Front (ULF) to form the National
Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR),
which defeated the PNM 36-3 in the
"This was the first time in our polit-
ical history that the PNM was defeated
in the general election," he noted.
ICC judges join in
mourning for Karl
SEPTEMBER 22, 1987: Deputy political leader of the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) Karl Hudson-
Phillips, centre, is sworn in by President Noor Hassanali as minister without portfolio. Assisting, at right, is
the President's private secretary, Patsy Joseph.
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