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November 10, 2014

UN Assembly and Security Council Elect Four Judges to World Court

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Photo: The Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, at The Hague, Netherlands. UN Photo/ICJ/Jeroen Bouman.

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Photo: Conference officers hold up empty ballot boxes for inspection by designated teller delegates, in advance of collecting member states’ ballots in the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly and the Security Council continued their balloting from the previous day to elect a judge for the fifth remaining vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 07 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly Hall during the Assembly’s balloting session. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting independently from but concurrently with the Security Council, elected four judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for terms of nine years beginning 6 February 2015. 06 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

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Photo: Delegates conferring at the Assembly’s balloting session. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting independently from but concurrently with the Security Council, elected four judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for terms of nine years beginning 6 February 2015. 06 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council have elected four judges to seats on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.

After simultaneous rounds of voting in the Assembly and the Council - which met concurrently with but independent of each other - Mr. Mohamed Bennouna of Morocco, Mr. James Richard Crawford of Australia, Ms. Joan E. Donoghue of the United States, and Mr. Kirill Gevorgian of the Russian Federation were elected to nine-year terms on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year.

The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected by an absolute majority in both the General Assembly (97 votes) and Security Council (8 votes). The timing of elections is staggered so that the General Assembly elects a third of the Court once every three years.

According to the Court’s Statute, its judges must be chosen by coordinated actions of both the Council and the General Assembly, with the date of elections determined by the Council.

Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country. Effort is also taken to ensure that the principal legal systems of the world are reflected in the composition of the court.

Established in 1945, and based in The Hague in the Netherlands, the ICJ - which is also known as the World Court - settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs.

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