53rd Plenary Meeting of General Assembly 72nd Session

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SIX OFFICIAL 13-Nov-2017 00:10:49
General Assembly, Security Council Fail to Elect Remaining Judge for International Court of Justice.
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General Assembly, Security Council Fail to Elect Remaining Judge for International Court of Justice.
In five rounds of voting, Member States chose between Dalveer Bhandari (India) and Christopher Greenwood (United Kingdom), with Bhandari obtaining the absolute majority of votes each time. Mr. Greenwood obtained an absolute majority in the Security Council. As the same candidate was not successful in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, the Assembly decided to hold another meeting to fill the remaining vacancy at a time to be announced at a later date. For General Assembly results of the 10 November election, see Press Release GA/11971, and for Security Council results, see Press Release SC/13063. For today’s Security Council results, see Press Release SC/13064.

Dalveer Bhandari (India) has been a member of the International Court of Justice since 27 April 2012. Prior to that he had been a judge in the higher Indian judiciary for more than 20 years, and had served as a senior judge in India’s Supreme Court. He was unanimously elected as President of the India International Law Foundation in 2007, a position he continues to hold. He also previously served as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.

Christopher Greenwood (United Kingdom) has been a member of the International Court of Justice since 6 February 2009. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the Law of the Sea Treaty; the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes; and the United Kingdom National Group Permanent Court of Arbitration. Knighted for his service to public international law in 2009, he practiced at the London Bar from 1984 through 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Laws in public international law from the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College), United Kingdom.

The Court’s justices are elected by obtaining an absolute majority of votes in both the Assembly and the Council, without regard to their nationality, from among persons of high moral character around the world. Each must have the qualifications required in his or her respective country for appointment to the highest judicial office, or is a jurisconsult of recognized competencies in international law. No two judges may be from the same country and they may not engage in any other occupation during their term of office.

As the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice settles legal disputes between States parties and gives advisory opinions to the Organization and its specialized agencies. The Court is open to all parties to its Statute, which automatically includes all Members of the United Nations.

In accordance with the provisions of article 11 of the Statute of the Court, the Assembly decided to hold another meeting at a date to be decided.
The Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 14 November, to conclude its debate on the revitalization of its work.
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