British Judge to encounter for reappointment at ICJ

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Karachi (Web Desk): Britain’s Sir Christopher Greenwood QC, only judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is facing a battle for re-election at the UN general assembly on Thursday in a vote that may reflect the UK’s shifting status in the world.

Along with Greenwood, four other candidates are incumbents: Ronny Abraham (France), president of the court; Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia), vice-president; Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil); and Dalveer Bhandari (India). The sixth candidate is Nawaf Salam, who is the permanent representative of Lebanon to the UN

There has already been heavy lobbying at the UN in New York by the Foreign Office in favour of Greenwood’s reappointment to the ICJ.

Sir Christopher Greenwood QC, who provided controversial legal advice to the UK government before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is one of six candidates competing for five positions at the UN-backed court in The Hague.

In a separate vote at the UN general assembly in June the UK Foreign Office was humiliated when a Mauritian-backed resolution questioning the legal status of Chagos Islands was referred to the ICJ by 94 votes to 15.

There has already been heavy lobbying at the UN in New York by the Foreign Office in favour of Greenwood’s reappointment to the ICJ.

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