Crime & Justice

Lebanese judge elected as ICJ president, Ugandan as vice president

The Hague, Feb 7 (EFE).- Lebanese judge Nawaf Salam was elected president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and Uganda’s Julia Sebutinde as the vice president.

Both justices will serve a three-year term, The Hague-based United Nations court said in a statement on Tuesday.

Salam, born in Beirut in 1953, has been a member of ICJ since February 2018 and has represented Lebanon at the UN between 2007 and 2017.

Sebutinde, born in Entebbe in Uganda) in 1954, has been a member of the court since 2012.

Sebutinde’s name recently stood out among her colleagues at ICJ for being the only judge on the panel to vote against the precautionary measures issued to Israel to protect the Palestinians in Gaza.

The court appointed four new members: Justice Sarah Cleveland from the United States, Mexican judge Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo, the Romanian Bogdan-Lucian Aurescu, and South Africa’s Dire Tladi on its panel.

The ICJ, which plays a vital role in settling disputes between nations according to international laws, is composed of 15 judges elected by the UN General Assembly for a term of nine years.

One-third of ICJ is elected every three years, after which the court holds a secret vote in The Hague to elect a new president and vice-president from among the court’s member judges. EFE

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