Battle for ICJ seat dead­locked

Bhan­dari gets over­whelm­ing sup­port in UNGA, but trails in Se­cu­rity Coun­cil

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Dalveer Bhan­dari, In­dia’s nom­i­nee for the last seat in the World Court, has re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port from the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly mem­bers, who de­fied per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to back him against the U.K.’s can­di­date.

The battle be­tween Mr. Bhan­dari and Bri­tain’s Christo­pher Green­wood for the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice (ICJ) seat re­mained dead­locked on Mon­day as nei­ther could get the req­ui­site num­bers of votes in the lat­est face-off. Mr. Bhan­dari, 70, and Mr. Green­wood are seek­ing re-elec­tion at the Hague­based ICJ.

U.K.’s ad­van­tage

A third of the court’s 15mem­ber bench are elected ev­ery three years for a nineyear term, elec­tions for which are held separately but si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in New York. Last Thurs­day, four of the six can­di­dates in the fray were elected in ac­cor­dance with UN laws. Ronny Abra­ham of France, Ab­dulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of So­ma­lia, An­to­nio Au­gusto Can­cado Trindade of Brazil and Nawaf Salam of Le­banon were elected af­ter four rounds of elec­tions.

On Mon­day, the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil met separately to elect the re­main­ing one can­di­date for the ICJ. In each of the five rounds of elec­tions, Mr. Green­wood re­ceived nine votes and Mr. Bhan­dari five in the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. The win­ner must se­cure eight votes in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Given that Bri­tain is a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Mr. Green­wood has an ad­van­tage over Mr. Bhan­dari.

In­creased tally

Mr. Bhan­dari re­ceived ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly elec­tions in all the five rounds. In fact, he in­creased his vote tally from Thurs­day’s 115 to 121 votes in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly elec­tions on Mon­day against the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity num­ber of 97. Mr. Green­wood’s vote tally dropped from 76 to 68 on Mon­day.

Both the Gen­eral As­sem­bly and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ad­journed the meet­ing for the elec­tion, to be con­vened at a later date.

‘Voice of GA ig­nored’

Ahead of the Mon­day’s vot­ing, Congress leader and for­mer top U.N. of­fi­cial Shashi Tha­roor said the “voice of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly” has been ig­nored for too long.

“As the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (SC) & Gen­eral As­sem­bly (GA) vote to choose a judge for the In­ter­na­tional Court Of Jus­tice (#ICJ) be­tween In­dian & UK can­di­dates, the le­git­i­macy & ef­fec­tive­ness of the UN are at stake. The voice of the GA has been ig­nored too long,” he said in a tweet. “This time a nom­i­nee of a Per­ma­nent mem­ber of the SC has failed to get an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity of the GA, for the first time in a di­rect con­test to a ma­jor @UN or­gan. GA vote has turned into a protest against an un­war­ranted ex­ten­sion of priv­i­lege for 70+ years. P5 lost by 40votes!” he said.

Dalveer Bhan­dari

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