Thursday, June 17, 2010

Joan Donoghue Rumored to Fill Buergenthal's Seat at ICJ

According to Roger Alford over at Opinio Juris (, the US National Group has tapped Joan Donoghue, the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser in the Department of State, as its nominee to the ICJ.

The vacancy was created in May by the retirement of ICJ Judge Thomas Buergenthal.  Donoghue would serve out the remaining five years of Buergenthal's term.

As we reported earlier, the General Assembly and the Security Council will vote to fill the vacancy in early September.

According to Prof. Alford's brief biographical sketch:

Donoghue is a relative unknown outside government circles, but is very respected within the State Department. Indeed, in 2009 she was Acting Legal Adviser prior to Koh’s confirmation. In the early 1990s Donoghue wrote a handful of articles, most of them dealing with sovereign immunity, that have received some scholarly attention, but not much. She graduated from Berkeley Law School in 1981 and has been at the State Department since the early 1980s.


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