Ugandan woman elected to serve on UN World Court

International Court of Justice, The Hague

A Ugandan woman has been elected to serve as a judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

Julia Sebutinde won absolute majorities in the Security Council and General Assembly to beat rival candidate Abdul G. Koroma of Sierra Leone.

The new judge will serve a nine-year term on the ICJ, also known as the World Court, starting in February next year.

The Assembly and Council had been deadlocked during previous rounds of voting on the final vacancy with Ms. Sebutinde obtaining a majority in the Assembly and Mr. Koroma a majority in the Council.

Established in 1945, and based in The Hague in the Netherlands, the ICJ settles legal disputes between States.

It also provides opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other UN organization.

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