Friday, April 11, 2014
Yesterday, the Women in International Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law honored the three female judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by presenting each of them with an award for being prominent women in international law. It is the first time in history that the ICJ has had three female sitting judges. From left to right, the judges are Xue Hanqin (China), Joan Donoghue (U.S.), and Julia Sebutinde (Uganda). Joining them on the far right is former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner. Each is an inspiration in her own right.
Other than women appointed by parties as ad hoc judges in particular cases before the court, the first and only female judge on the ICJ previously was Rosalyn Higgins of the United Kingdom.