The Selection of Judge Hisashi Owada as a Candidate for the Election of judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2011

September 1, 2010
Japanese

  1. On September 1st (Wed.), the members of the Japanese national group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) re-nominated Mr. Hisashi Owada, President and Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), (see the attachment for Mr. Owada’s curriculum vitae (Japanese)(PDF)) as a candidate for the election of judges of the ICJ to be held in the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations in Autumn 2011.

  2. In the selection of the candidate for the election in Autumn 2011, the members of the Japanese national group of the PCA undertook consideration in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the President of Tokyo University, amongst others. As a result, they agreed that Mr. Owada, an internationally recognized authority on international law, should continue to serve in the position in view of his immense working experience as a diplomat and his achievements as Judge of the ICJ since 2003 (and as President since 2009). The Japanese national group thus officially decided to nominate Judge Owada as a candidate for the 2011 election. This was communicated to Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, by the members of the Japanese national group of PCA on September 1st (Wed.).

  3. In light of the importance of the ICJ, the continuous contribution by a Japanese judge in the ICJ coincides with the national interests of Japan. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will actively seek the UN member countries to support Mr. Owada’s candidacy.
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