Sang-Hyun Song, a member of the Justice Leadership Group, has vast practical and academic experience in the field of justice as a Judge, Prosecutor, Attorney and Law Professor. His legal career started as a military judge for criminal cases in the Korean Army. After that, he became an attorney for New York and Korean law firms. In 2003, Song became one of the first judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and in 2009, he was elected President of the Court. During his six-year strategic leadership of the ICC, Song was a strong voice for the rights of victims of war crimes and their role in transitional justice.
He is currently holding office as the president of UNICEF/Korea and spends considerable time leading various charitable NGOs, notably as co-founder of the Legal Aid Centre for Women and Childhood Leukemia Foundation in Seoul. Song has been awarded for his contribution to international humanitarian law and human rights law, both in Korea and abroad. He is recipient of the highest decoration of the Korean Government (Mungunghwa), the ABA Rule of Law Award, Cornell University’s Distinguished Alumni Medal and the Korean Federal Bar Association’s Legal Culture Award.