Dalveer Bhandari, judge behind landmark orders, gets second ICJ term

Cesar Mills
November 22, 2017

The Indian candidate Bhandari and United Kingdom candidate Christopher Greenwood were locked in a cut-throat competition for re-election as the UN could not decide between them after electing four out of five judges to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin in a tweet said that the election of Judge Bhandari brings cheer to a billion India's population.

Dalveer Bhandari's candidature was opposed by UN's permanent security member Britain unnerving Indian officials at the ICJ, however, the British government made a decision to pull out, in the end, ensuring victory for Bhandari. She added: "Huge efforts by Team MEA".

Sitting judges Bhandari and Greenwood have been through 11 rounds of voting in the Assembly and 10 in the Council but neither has been able to get a majority in both chambers, which is required for re-election to the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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

A third election meeting was to take place simultaneously in both the Council and the Assembly at 3 p.m local time on Monday (1:30 a.m Indian Standard Time on Tuesday).

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The withdrawal of its candidate by Britain, which had the backing of its fellow permanent members, was a setback for the Security Council that had been locked in a test of wills with the Assembly.

The UK congratulates the successful candidates, including Judge Bhandari of India. In each of the five rounds, Greenwood received nine votes out of 15 in UNSC as against the five Bhandari received.

Bhandari got a second chance only because an unpopular Britain could not get an Assembly majority for a remaining judgeship requiring a runoff where the two chambers of the United Nations split in their voting.

Though with Greenwood's withdrawal Bhandari was the only candidate left in the race, the General Assembly and Security Council still went through the formal motion of voting to complete the formalities. Bhandari's election at ICJ has given Indian an edge in the case.

Before the vote, Britain's Guardian newspaper said that "losing a British presence on the court would be an global political embarrassment". The UK, on the other hand, being a P5 member, has had an ICJ representative since 1946.

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