UN Security Council sets June date for filling vacancy at International Court of Justice

11:04, March 19, 2010      

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The UN Security Council Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution to decide that the election to fill the vacancy at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after the resignation of Judge Shi Jiuyong will take place on June 29.

Judge Shi Jiuyong, a Chinese national whose resignation takes effect on May 28, has served on the principal judicial organ of the United Nations since February 1994.

He was re-elected in 2003, and served as Vice-President of the Court from 2000 to 2003 and as President from 2003 until 2006.

The election to choose his successor will take place in both the Security Council and the General Assembly, according to the Court's rules.

Born on Oct. 9, 1926 in east China's Ningbo city, Shi is the first Chinese judge to take the position of ICJ president.

The ICJ, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, settles legal disputes submitted to it by UN member states, and gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred by certain international bodies.

Source: Xinhua
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