International Court of Justice Elects Five Judges
Each justice will serve a nine-year term, starting on 6 February 2024.
The General Assembly and the Security Council on Thursday (November 9) elected five judges to serve on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
According to a UN report, with voting conducted by secret ballot, the Assembly and the Council re-elected one judge who is currently serving, Hilary Charlesworth of Australia. Another justice currently on the bench, Kirill Gevorgian of Russia, was not successful in securing another term.
Four new justices were elected: Bogdan-Lucian Aurescu (Romania); Sarah Hull Cleveland (United States); Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo Verduzco (Mexico); and Dire Tladi (South Africa).
In the balloting procedure, the General Assembly achieved a conclusive result – with five candidates securing absolute majority support – in the first round of voting while the Security Council went through five rounds of balloting. Each justice will serve a nine-year term, starting on 6 February 2024.
The Court is composed of 15 judges, who serve nine-year terms. Five seats come up for election every three years. There is no bar on consecutive terms.
Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country. Effort is also taken to ensure a balance in the composition of the Court.
Established in 1945, and based in The Hague in the Netherlands, the ICJ – informally known as the ‘World Court’ – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs.
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