SC Justice Dalvir Bhandari Re-elected As ICJ Judge After UK Withdraws

Gwen Vasquez
November 22, 2017

Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.

Britain lost a seat on the International Court of Justice on Monday for the first time since the tribunal started work in 1946, a setback seen by some diplomats and commentators as the result of waning international influence following its vote to leave the European Union.

"Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India s re-election to ICJ".

India's Dalveer Bhandari, 70, has been re-elected to the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), winning the last of five seats for which elections were held, after Britain pulled out its candidate Christopher Greenwood before the 12th round of voting.

She wrote, "Vande Mataram - India wins election to the International Court of Justice".

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Dalveer Bhandari, of India, received the absolute majority of votes in elections - conducted independently, but concurrently - at the Security Council and the General Assembly.

Different voting results in both United Nations organs resulted in a deadlock and ICJ postponed the voting for November 13.

The Five Judges of International Court Of Justice includes Ronny Abraham of France, Chaloka Beyani (Zambia), Antonio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil), Nawaf Salam (Lebanon), and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia) and Dalvir Bhandari (India) who will serve along with ten other judges at the ICJ.

Both the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council showed overwhelming support for his candidature Monday. Bombay High Court achieved the distinction of functioning on a full strength of 60 judges for the first time and on the recommendation of Justice Bhandari, the sanctioned strength of the Bombay High Court was increased from 60 to 75 judges. Bhandari's election at ICJ has given Indian an edge in the case.

India feared the outcome and campaigned resolutely to avoid it, pointing to the precedents in the elections in 2011 and 2014 and earlier when the candidate leading in the Council withdrew in favour of the candidate with the majority in the Assembly even though in those cases permanent members were not involved. Besides a permanent member going unrepresented, four Asian countries will be represented on the ICJ bench instead of the usual three.

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