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Bhandari, Greenwood locked in major battle for ICJ seat

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

India's Dalveer Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-to the International of Justice (ICJ).

Based out of The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term.


Along with justice Bhandari and justice Greenwood, three others -- Ronny Abraham of France, Antnio Augusto Canado Trindade of and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia -- were seeking re- Their terms expire on February 5, 2018.

Nawaf Salam of Lebanon was also in the fray, making a total of six candidate for five positions.

Judges of France, Somalia, Lebanon and were elected after fourth round of voting late in the afternoon, as they received absolute majority in both the General assembly and the Security Council elections.

Stakes are now high for both and for the last seat.

In the fourth round, Bhandari received a majority -- 115 votes -- in the General Assembly, while Greenwood received 76 votes.

However, in the 15-membered Security Council Greenwood got majority (nine) of the votes as against six votes by Bhandari.

As a result, another round of votes have been scheduled for Monday.

As per the United Nation's ICJ rules, the candidates need to get absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.

Both elections are held simultaneously but independently of each other.

That means 97 votes in the Assembly and eight votes in the Security Council are required to win the ICJ

Several rounds of elections were held today at the General Assembly and the Security Council in the absence of any candidates getting absolute majority.

A former judge of the Supreme Court, Bhandari, 70, was elected to the International of Justice in April 27, 2012 following a vacancy after the resignation of sitting judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh from Jordon on being appointed as the Prime Minister.

Bhandari had received 122 votes in the UN General assembly as against 58 for Florentino Feliciano from the Philippines.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 08:22 IST
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