Sunday, June 20, 2010
As readers of this blog know, Justice Tom Buergenthal has announced his retirement from the International Court of Justice. Our friends at the Intlawgrrls Blog have just posted news that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed that the U.S. will nominate Joan E. Donoghue, Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the Department of State, to replace him.
Although the nomination has been described as one to "fill the U.S. seat on the court," there is no such thing. While there is technically no U.S. seat on the Court, each of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council traditionally has been able to nominate a judge to the court.
Justice Buergenthal will return to George Washington University when he leaves the ICJ.