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Somalia’s Justice Yusuf replaced by American as ICJ president

Tuesday February 9, 2021

HAGUE (HOL) - Somalia’s Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has been replaced as the president of International Court of Justice, the global court has said.

American jurist Joan Donoghue has been elected to serve as the new president of the ICJ following elections by the 15 bench court. Russia’s Kirill Gevorgian will be the new deputy president, the court said in a statement Monday.

Justice Yusuf was elected to head the UN court in 2018. He has presided over the ongoing maritime case between Somalia and Kenya. The oral proceedings will resume mid next month.

Before joining the UN court, Donoghue served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and his secretary of state Hillary Clinton on international law in addition to various posts as an international law expert.

Others members on the bench are Peter Tomka (Slovakia), Ronny Abraham (France), Mohamed Bennouna (Morocco), Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil) and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia) and Julia Sebutinde of Uganda.


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