Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Justice Dalveer Bhandari at ICJ: Chronology from his nomination to re-election

Justice Dalveer Bhandari at ICJ: Chronology from his nomination to re-election

The Judge of Supreme Court of India and a member of International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalvir Bhandari is re-elected as one of the judges of the ICJ recently.

Justice Dalveer Bhandari, 70, was re-elected for a second term after elections were held at the United Nations headquarters in NY. She added: "Huge efforts by Team MEA".

After a gap of more than two decades since an Indian was elected in the International Court of Justice, Bhandari obtained 122 votes in the General Assembly and 13 votes in the 15-nation Security Council and made a place for himself. "Vande Matram - India wins election to the International Court of Justice".

The 70-year-old former supreme court judge of India got majority votes in eleven rounds against British Judge Greenwood.

It may be recalled that Britain is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and that the other permanent members - US, Russia, France and China - were all rooting for Britain's candidature. There was a deadlock between Justice Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood. Earlier in the 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had got almost two-thirds of the votes in the General Assembly and in Security Council Greenwood consistently received nine votes as against five for his opponent.

Dalveer Bhandari known for several landmark orders, was selected as a judge in the International Court of Justice for the second time with support from both UN General Assembly and Security Council. Even euphoric Justice Dalveer Bhandari said, "The democratic voice prevails over the privileged group".

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"The precedent is clear", India's Permanent Representative Akbaruddin said at a reception for Bhandari attended by representatives of over 160 countries on Thursday.

Five judges are elected every three years and serve for nine years.

Political observers believe the United Kingdom had no choice but to back off as it can not be seen to continue to use its position in the UN Security Council to muscle its way in on important global affairs.

His victory had left Bhandari fighting for a spot normally reserved for Europeans, and in this case the UK.

At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK's decision to withdraw from the race.

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