|From left, Prof. Carsten Stahn of the Grotius Centre, Silvana Arbia, Judge Pikis, President Song and myself.|
|Judge Pikis signing a book for Judge Odio-Benito, while Judge Kuenyehia looks on.|
Nor does he seem concerned that his views may be unpopular. This is the last of his preoccupations. For example, Judge Pikis takes the view that a judge who has been a member of one of the other chambers cannot then be designated to the Appeals Chamber. After he left the Court, the Plenary of judges decided to do precisely that. He is also opposed to the idea that a member of the Presidency can sit for more than two terms. These are controversial issues at the Court. He calls the law as he sees it. He is a great judge, independent and impartial, rich with integrity.
The book is up to date as of the amendments adopted at the Kampala Conference. Judge Pikis is enthusiastic about developing the jurisdiction of the Court with respect to prosecuting the crime of aggression. As a Cypriot, he is familiar with the phenomenon.
It is to be hoped that Judge Pikis will continue to study the case law of the International Criminal Court. We will benefit enormously from his insights and opinions.