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India's Justice Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Posted on: 21-11-2017 , 12:15:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: The Hindu

November 21, 2017: In a recent development, India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari has been re-elected to the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.

Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.
In the last round of voting at the UN a week ago, Greenwood secured only 68 votes in the general assembly against Bhandari’s 121 votes. The British candidate, however, had nine votes in the UN Security Council against the Indian’s five. A majority in both the general assembly and Security Council was required to win a place on the ICJ bench.
Once the British candidate withdrew, both the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council formally voted to elect Justice Bhandari, a former Supreme Court judge. He received 183 out of 193 votes in the General Assembly and all the 15 votes in the Security Council, thus paving the way for Bhandari's re-election to the prestigious world court.
Reportedly, UK will not have a judge on the bench of ICJ for the first time in its 71-year history.
The ICJ is composed of 15 judges elected to nine-year terms by the UN general assembly and the UN Security Council.
Four other judges, from Brazil, France, Lebanon and Somalia, had already been elected to the ICJ in the earlier rounds held on November 9, with the fate of the candidates from India and Britain hanging in the balance.
 
 

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