Justice Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to International Court of Justice after UK pulls out of race

Justice Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to International Court of Justice after UK pulls out of race

Former judge of Supreme Court of India, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, has been re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after United Kingdom pulled out its candidate Christopher Greenwood.

According to PTI, Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council.

Earlier Bhandari was locked in a close battle with Greenwood.

Members of the ICJ are elected for nine-year terms, and one-third of the membership is renewed every three years. They are elected by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, which vote at the same time but independently of each other.

In order to be elected to the ICJ, a candidate must obtain simple majority in the both the organs of the UN. That is to say, a successful candidate must get 97 votes in the General Assembly and 8 votes in the Security Council.

Elected in 2012, Bhandari is the fourth Indian to be a member of the ICJ. The UK, on the other hand, being a P5 member, has had an ICJ representative since 1946.

Bhandari was elevated to the bench as a judge of the Delhi High Court in 1991. In 2004, he was made Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, before being elevated to the Supreme Court in 2005.

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