ICJ: India fighting against odds to get Bhandari elected

RSTV Bureau
Justice Dalveer Bhandari, former Supreme Court judge and Indian nominee of the International Court of Justice.

Justice Dalveer Bhandari, former Supreme Court judge and Indian nominee of the International Court of Justice.

The UN General Assembly and the Security Council is set to meet today to vote for the last seat at the International Court of Justice. India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari is locked in contest with Britain’s Christopher Greenwood.

Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Bhandari is seeking re-election at the Hague-based ICJ. The deadlock remains even after 11 rounds of elections held in both the UNGA and UNSC failing to yield results.

Under the election procedures, the balloting would be held simultaneously by the Assembly and the Council.

Bhandari enjoyed nearly two-third majority in the 193-member Assembly in the successive rounds of elections spread over two days in the last two weeks. But he trailed in the UNSC with Greenwood receiving nine votes as against his five in the Security Council.

As per ICJ rules, the candidates need to gain majority in both the General assembly and Security Council to be declared elected.

The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New York.

Earlier this month, four of the six candidates in the fray were elected — Ronny Abraham of France, Antnio Augusto Canado Trindade of Brazil and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia and Nawaf Salam of Lebanon — securing absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.

(With inputs from PTI)