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Jamaican Judge Patrick Robinson elected to ICJ

  • Written by News Jamaica
  • Published in local news
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 18, 14 — Jamaican Judge Patrick Robinson has been elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Robinson will be among a panel of judges who will serve the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague starting February 25, next year, for a nine-year period.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, until the final round, the elections were marked by differing results in the United Nations’ 197-member General Assembly and the 15-member United Nations Security Council, both of which are required to record a majority vote for the winning candidate.

Over the course of the elections, Judge Robinson consistently received more than a two-thirds majority of votes in the General Assembly, while Argentina’s candidate Susana Ruiz Cerutti received the required majority in the Security Council, a news release from the Ministry said.

The deadlock between the Security Council and the General Assembly was ultimately resolved following the withdrawal of Cerutti on Wednesday, November 12.

This paved the way for the election of Judge Robinson, who received a total of 185 votes in the General Assembly and 15 votes in the Security Council in the elections yesterday.