Ugandan, Chinese elected to International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. /VCG Image

A Ugandan and Chinese were among five judges elected to the to the United Nations’ top court by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

Julia Sebutinde (Uganda) and Hanqin Xue (China) were elected to the 15-member International Court of Justice on Thursday alongside Georg Nolte (Germany), Yuji Iwasawa (Japan) and Peter Tomka (Slovakia).

The five judges are set to begin their nine-year term on the ICJ in February 2021.

Other candidates that were also in contention for the ICJ slots included judges from Nigeria, Rwanda and Croatia.

Iwasawa, Sebutinde, Tomka, and Xue were already members of The Hague-based court, but Germany’s Nolte was seeking his first term on the ICJ.

The Court, as newly constituted, will proceed in February to elect from among its members a president and a vice-president, who will hold office for three years.

The ICJ was established by the U.N. Charter in June 1945 and began its activities in April 1946.

The Court is composed of 15 judges elected for a nine-year term by the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. Security Council.