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Re-election of Judge Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (November 21, 2017)

November 21, 2017

  • The Government of India welcomes the election of Judge Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) when the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council convened independently in New York on 20 November 2017 to fill the fifth vacancy for the 2018-2027 term.
  • The UN Security Council and the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of India. Judge Dalveer Bhandari received all 15 votes in the UN Security Council and 183 out of the 193 votes in the UN General Assembly.
  • The extraordinary support from the UN membership is reflective of the respect for strong constitutional integrity of the Indian polity and the independence of the judiciary in India.
  • It may be recalled that the Indian National Group to the Permanent Court of Arbitration had re-nominated Judge Dalveer Bhandari as India’s national candidate in June 2017. Government of India has been supporting the campaign of Judge Bhandari through diplomatic efforts at different fora.
  • The UK decided to withdraw its candidate after a closely fought electoral process. We appreciate the UK decision.
  • We thank all those governments who supported India in this election.
New Delhi
November 21, 2017
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