How are judges of the International Court of Justice elected?
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2019
Judges are elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the Statute of the ICJ, the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, and the Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Security Council.
Usually, the General Assembly and Security Council meet simultaneously. Depending on the number of vacancies and nominations, ballots are prepared. There may be several rounds of voting by secret ballot. Summary voting results are given in the meeting records of the meeting at which the vote was held. The outcome of the vote is usually a decision.
For example, see the votes held in 2014:
- 6 & 7 November 2014: A/69/PV.39 and S/PV.7297, 7298, 7299, 7300, 7301, 7302, 7303, 7304
- 17 November 2014: A/69/PV.53 and S/PV.7313
The decisions may be found in the compilation of resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly and Security Council for the respective session and year.
For the decisions adopted in 2014:
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