Election of Judges to the International Court of Justice

  • June 2018

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    On 22 June, the Security Council and General Assembly will elect a judge to the International Court of Justice, due to the resignation of Judge Hisashi Owada (Japan), effective 7 June.

  • November 2017

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    In November, the Security Council and General Assembly will elect five judges to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The judges will each serve a term of nine years commencing on 6 February 2018.

  • The UN Charter envisioned a symbiotic relationship between the Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN. However, the Council has scarcely made use of the ICJ as an instrument, or “tool”, in the exercise of its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. In its latest research report on the rule of law of 20 December 2016, Security Council Report examines the relationship between the Security Council and the ICJ, including options for enhancing that relationship to assist the Council in its work.

  • Security Council Report’s fourth report on the rule of law focuses on the relationship between the Security Council and the International Court of Justice.

  • November 2014

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    The Security Council and General Assembly will hold elections for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 6 November. Five judges will need to be elected to the ICJ, each for a term of nine years commencing on 6 February 2015.

  • October 2014

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Peter Tomka (Slovakia), is expected to brief the Council in a private meeting. The annual briefing normally coincides with the presentation of the ICJ’s annual report to the General Assembly.

  • 25 October 2013

    Annual Briefing by ICJ President

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    On Monday (28 October), the Security Council will convene for a private meeting to receive a briefing from the President of the ICJ, Peter Tomka (Slovakia). The briefing, which has been held annually since the practice was first established in...

  • 26 April 2012

    ICJ Elections

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    Tomorrow (27 April), the Council and the General Assembly will both hold elections for the vacant position on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), following the resignation of Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan) on 31 December 2011. (Council resolution 2034...

  • April 2012

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    On 27 April, the Council and the General Assembly will both hold elections for the vacant position on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), following the resignation of Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan) on 31 December 2011. (Council resolution 2034 fixed the date of the election.) The new judge will occupy the seat until 5 February 2018, the remainder of Al-Khasawneh's term.  

  • 12 December 2011

    ICJ Elections for Final Vacant Seat

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    On Tuesday (13 December), the Council and General Assembly (GA) will convene for the third time in order to independently, but concurrently, elect the fifth and final remaining judge for the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The judge’s nine-year term...

  • 21 November 2011

    Election of Fifth ICJ Judge

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    On Tuesday afternoon (22 November), the Security Council and the General Assembly are scheduled to reconvene independently, but concurrently, to elect the fifth and final remaining judge for the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On 10 November, four of the...

  • November 2011

    International Court of Justice Elections

    Monthly Forecast

    The Security Council and General Assembly will both hold elections for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the same day in November. Five judges will be elected to the ICJ for nine-year terms, starting on 6 February 2012.

  • June 2010

    International Court of Justice

    Monthly Forecast

    The Security Council and the General Assembly will meet on 29 June (in accordance with the Council decision in resolution 1914 fixing the date of the election) to hold elections for the vacant seat created by Judge Shi Jiuyong’s resignation from the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The new justice will occupy the seat until 5 February 2012, the remainder of Shi’s term.

  • On 07 November, the Security Council and the General Assembly will elect five new judges to fill vacancies on the 15-member International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Statute of the ICJ, in article 8, provides that the "General Assembly and the Security Council shall proceed independently of one another to elect the members of the Court".