India wins international court of justice seat: What does it really mean?

Dalveer Bhandari

India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari has been re –elected to ICJ

India’s nominee Dalveer Bahndari, 70, was re –elected to International Court of Justice after United Kingdom’s candidate Christopher Greenwood opted out from the race. According to reports, Bhandari received 183- 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous that was held at UN headquarters in New York.

Dalveer Bhandari

Here are few important things that you should know:

  • This would be the first time when there would be no British judge in the ICJ. Notably, International Court of Justice was formed in year 1945.
  • Well, Britain congratulated Dalveer Bahndari on his victory. In a statement Mather Rycrott said, “If the UK could not win this run –off , then we are pleased that our close friend India won it and we will continue closely with India.”
  • Notably, On- third of ICJ’s 15 – member bench, or five judges is elected every three year for a nine- year term. Elections are held separately but simultaneously in the UN Security Council and in the United Nations General Elections in New York. To win the elections, candidate should get the majority in both the chambers.

In a statement, Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, described Dalveer Bhandari’s re –election as a “victory for emerging new India, and an acknowledgement that the world needs to make space for an asserting India.”

Well, this victory is commendable, and we are really proud of this achievement. His victory is historic because for the first time since the establishment of International Court of Justice there would be no British judge in the council.

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