William Bourdon was born in 1956. He is a French lawyer. He is specialized in the defence of human rights and of victims of crimes against humanity.
He was the General Secretary of the International Federation for Human Rights (1995-2000).
In 2000, he wrote the essay “The International Criminal court - the Statute of Rome” (Seuil).
In 2001, he created the 'Sherpa' a not-for-profit organisation which focuses on improving the legal tools that create a legal framework for the social responsibility of corporations.
In 2006, he appeared in his own role as a lawyer for African plaintiffs in the film 'Bamako' by Abderrahmane Sissako.
He has been very active in initiating legal procedures in France against former Serbian or Rwandan leaders suspected of crimes against humanity and crimes of war. He is the lawyer of Franco-Chilean families who were victims of the former dictator Augusto Pinochet. He also defends several French prisoners detained in Guantanamo.