Judge Bertram Schmitt is President of the Trial Division and Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber VII and IX at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Judge Schmitt has more than 23 years of experience as a judge in criminal cases. He has served on the bench of the Federal Court of Justice, Germany`s supreme court for civil and criminal matters, since 2005. In the course of his career, Judge Schmitt has directed the proceedings as presiding judge in a multitude of criminal trials at a Regional Court, dealing as a fact-finding instance with crimes such as homicide, sexual violence against women and children and all forms of organized crime. In 2009 Judge Schmitt was appointed as an ad-hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Since 2009, he has represented Germany on Eurojust`s Joint Supervisory Body in The Hague. Judge Schmitt has an extensive academic record. Since 2000 he is an adjunct professor for criminal law, criminal procedure and criminology at the University of Würzburg. He is one of two authors of the standard German commentary on criminal procedure, which includes the annotation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECtHR).