Japanese law professor elected new judge at the International Court of Justice

UN Photo/Loey Felipe
Prof. Yuji Iwasawa (center) is one of the five new members of the International Court of Justice, elected by the General Assembly on 22 June 2018.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

An international law professor from Japan has been elected to serve with the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, following the resignation of a sitting judge, earlier this month.

Yuji 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 on Friday.

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.

Mr. 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 Mr. 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.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

No way out for Eurozone’s stagnating economy

COVID-19 lockdown hits working mothers harder than fathers

Global aid appeal targets more than 93 million most in need next year

The Commission favours the cultivation of more GMOs in Europe

Eurozone close to agreeing on a Banking Union

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

GSMA outlines new developments for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

“Only through energy policy we can trigger competitiveness”. The Sting live from #EBS2015: Energy Union – When will it happen?

The COP22 is under full deployment while Donald Trump threatens openly to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement

What cryptocurrencies will do to the integrity of politics

He died so I could live: UN peacekeeper pays tribute to fallen colleague

New tech infrastructure will help economies recover after COVID-19

We can’t tell if we’re closing the digital divide without more data

Embracing technology as a service will fuel the circular economy. Here’s how.

Migration situation at the Greek-Turkish border: ensuring the right to asylum

Airships, solar planes and Soviet-era sea skimmers … here’s how we fix air travel

The EU spent €158 billion on vague, open-ended rural projects

The Parliament sets the way for the European Banking Union

The challenge to be a good healthcare professional

Intel @ European Business Summit 2014: Better decisions now, the new business dashboard 

‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

Europe turns out more jobs this summer

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019

Asylum: MEPs call for more solidarity among EU member states

Why and How: Advocating for the inclusion of Palliative Care in Universal Health Care

The European Parliament declares climate emergency

EU citizens want more competences for the EU to deal with crises like COVID-19

Further reforms in Japan needed to meet the challenges of population ageing and high public debt

EU budget deal struck with Parliament negotiators

China Unlimited: the dragon’s long and winding road

Why precision medicine won’t transform healthcare – but governance could

A 10-step plan to save our seas

Is this a turning point in the fight against slavery?

‘No safe way’ into battle-scarred Afghan city of Ghazni to deliver aid as traumatized children search for parents

The new era of Matriarchy?

Why the 21st century’s biggest health challenge is our shared responsibility

Top global firms commit to tackling inequality by joining Business for Inclusive Growth coalition

Estonia is making public transport free

Why embracing human rights will ensure Artificial Intelligence works for all

The financial world upside-down: debt failure closer

Rise in violent conflict shows prevention ‘more necessary than ever’: UN chief

Sweden is fighting loneliness by housing older and younger generations together

Joint advocacy letter template to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets to fight organised crime

Five years on from ISIL ‘caliphate’ proclamation in Iraq, Security Council makes first-ever visit

End racist discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU

Deal on EU funds for common asylum, migration and integration policies up to 2027

Climate change is threatening Switzerland’s stunning scenery

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief

Dare to be vulnerable, and three other lessons in leadership

Two States ‘side-by-side’ is the ‘peaceful and just solution’ for Israel-Palestine conflict: Guterres

How do we upskill a billion people by 2030? Leadership and collaboration will be key

November infringements package: key decisions

Capitalism’s greatest weakness? It confuses price with value

End ‘political opportunism’ that’s letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official

Security Council discusses chemical weapons use in Syria following latest global watchdog report

Safe spaces offer security and dignity for youth, and help make the world ‘better for all’: Guterres

Change is happening – and young people are leading the way forward

Which country offers the cheapest mobile data?

Finnish Council Presidency priorities debated in plenary

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s