Friday, September 10, 2010

New Members Join the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued two press releases relating to its members today.

First, the Court announced that the UN General Assembly and Security Council have elected Ms. Joan E. Donoghue from the United States as a Member of the ICJ.  Ms. Donoghue succeeds Mr. Thomas Buergenthal, former judge of the Court, who resigned as of 6 September 2010. Pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute of the Court, Ms Donoghue will hold office for the remainder of Mr. Buergenthal’s term, which will expire on 5 February 2015.  Prior to her election to the Court, Ms. Donoghue was a senior career attorney at the U.S. Department of State.  She also has taught international law courses at several U.S. law schools, including George Washington, Georgetown, and University of California at Berkeley.  More information may be found here.

In related news, the Court announced that a swearing in ceremony will be held on Monday, September 13 for Ms. Donoghue and the Court's other newest member, Ms. Xue Hanqui of China.  Both women will make the Court's solemn declaration under Article 20 of the ICJ Statute  to "exercise [her] powers impartially and conscientiously."  This swearing in ceremony will be an historic occasion because it marks the first time two women will serve on the Court simultaneously (out of 15 judges).  More information regarding the swearning in ceremony may be found here.


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