It is with infinite sadness that we learned of the passing of President Jacques Isnard.

Visionary, peerless jurist, leader, humanist, bearer of ideals driven by the highest ambitions for the profession of judicial officer for which he dedicated his life, Jacques Isnard embodied the spirit of the UIHJ, the large family of judicial officers during the fifteen years of his presidency of the UIHJ, from 1994 to 2009, and well beyond. During his five successive terms of office, the UIHJ experienced its most significant change since its creation in 1952, growing from around thirty members in 1994 to nearly 70 members in 2009, opening up to all continents, in particular Africa, forging and strengthening contacts with the greatest international institutions and organizations, binding its seal and making history at their sides.

We are shocked by this news, and we convey our heartfelt, deepest condolences to his wife, Michele, his son, Nicolas, his grandchildren, his family and loved ones.

Our patriarch, the greatest of us, the spiritual father of the profession, has passed away, victim of Covid-19. He gave us the best of himself. Today we mourn his departure. We will pay tribute to him very soon.