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Meet the 'wise men' behind the International Court of Justice

Published May 18, 2017, 9:36 pm IST
Updated May 18, 2017, 9:36 pm IST
The International Court of Justice. (Photo: ICJ)
 The International Court of Justice. (Photo: ICJ)

New Delhi: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) which on Thursday stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, is presided by Ronny Abraham, who has earlier served as a judge in the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

Abraham is a member of the ICJ since February 15, 2005. He is the president of the court since February 6, 2015. After months of bilateral tension, the ICJ verdict has come as a great relief to his Jadhav's family and the people of India, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing satisfaction on the judgement.

"Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings," Abraham said while reading out the verdict.

The UN's highest judicial body, which had earlier provisionally stayed Jadhav's sentence on May 9, also instructed Pakistan to inform it "of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order".

Abraham also served as the "Director of Legal Affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998-2005)," according to the ICJ website.

Before his appointment to the ICJ, he served, from 1998 to 2005, as the head of the Legal Affairs Directorate at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of advising the government on legal matters in the fields of general international public law, European Union law, international human rights law, the law of the sea and the Antarctic.

The ICJ president was a member of the French delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (1998-2004) and the head of the French delegation to the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly (1998-2004).

He has also spent time in academia, being a professor of international law, at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (until 1998). He also was an Associate  Professor, University of Paris X-Nanterre (1997-2003).

ICJ's Vice-President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has been a member of the court since February 6, 2009 and its vice-president since February 6, 2015.

The Somalia-born judge has also served as a Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (March 2001-January 2009).

The judges of the ICJ include Dalveer Bhandari (India), Hisashi Owada (Japan), Christopher Greenwood (the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Joan E Donoghue (the US), Xue Hanqin (China), James Richard Crawford (Australia)
and Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation), among others.

Bhandari is a member of the ICJ since April 27, 2012 and his term is to expire on February 5, 2018. Justice Bhandari Bhandari had a distinguished and successful career as an attorney at law for 23 years before he became a judge in the Indian higher judiciary in 1991.

The ICJ today also said, "The court also decides that, until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order."

Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi


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