UN / ICJ ELECTION

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The General Assembly and Security Council elected Yuji Iwasawa of Japan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

22 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Various shot, delegates
4. Wide shot, ballot collection
6. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Gennady Kuzmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Mr. Yuji Iwasawa received 15 votes, accordingly the candidate Yuji Iwasawa received the required majority of votes in the Security Council. I’ve communicated the result of the vote to the president of the General Assembly in writing.”
7. Various shots, General Assembly ballot collection
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lewis Garseedeh Brown, Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations:
“Mr. Yuji Iwasawa o Japan has obtained an absolute majority in the General Assembly.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Gennady Kuzmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“As the candidate, Mr. Iwasawa, received the required majority both in the Security Council and the General Assembly, he is therefore duly elected as a member of the International Court of Justice for a term beginning today, 22 June 2018 until 5 February 2021.”
11. Zoom out, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The General Assembly and Security Council today (22 Jun) elected Yuji Iwasawa of Japan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

Iwasawa, 63, will join the 14 judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), following separate but simultaneous voting processes in the General Assembly and the Security Council.

He will replace Judge Hisashi Owada, 85, also of Japan, who resigned this month, citing old age and the fact that his daughter Masako, Crown Princess of Japan is set to become the country’s Empress next year, according to media reports.

The ICJ settles legal disputes between states in addition to providing UN entities with advisory opinions on legal matters.

Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, it is one of the six principal organs of the UN and the only one not situated in New York.

The others are the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and the Secretariat.

ICJ judges are elected by both the General Assembly - where all 193 UN Member States are represented - and the 15-member Security Council.

Candidates are required to obtain an absolute majority of votes in both chambers: that is 97 in the General Assembly and eight in the Security Council.

Representatives from 189 countries took part in the General Assembly vote on Friday, with five abstaining.

Iwasawa obtained all 184 votes and was elected unanimously by the Security Council.
The 15 ICJ judges serve for nine-year terms. However, the election was called as Mr. Owada resigned before the end of his term in 2021, which Iwasawa will complete.

The new judge is a law professor at the University of Tokyo. He is also the current chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee, a group of independent experts which monitors countries’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The 1966 treaty is among the core instruments of international human rights law, calling on states to ensure that the rights of all people in their jurisdictions are respected, regardless of their race, sex, religion, national or social origin, or other distinctions.
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