On 27 April 2012, the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations elected Mr. Dalveer Bhandari as a Member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with immediate effect.
Of Indian nationality, Mr. Bhandari succeeds Mr. Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan), former judge and Vice-President of the Court, who resigned last year. Pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute of the Court, Mr. Bhandari will hold office for the remainder of Judge Al-Khasawneh’s term, which will expire on 5 February 2018.
He is a seasoned practitioner with a very distinguished legal career. Thus, Dr. Justice Bhandari has been a judge in the higher Indian judiciary for more than 20 years. He currently serves as a senior judge in the Supreme Court of India. He has been an Executive Member of the International Law Association, India Chapter, since 1994. He was unanimously elected as President of the India International Law Foundation in 2007 and continues in that position. He served as a judge in the High Court of Delhi (a premier High Court in India) and then was the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, one of the largest and oldest High Courts in India. Dr. Bhandari had a distinguished and successful career as an attorney at law for 23 years before he became a judge in the Indian higher judiciary in 1991.
For more information and the full CV of Judge Bhandari see the ICJ’s Press Release No. 2012/16, 27 April 2012, here. We at the ILO wish him well in fulfilling his duties in the highest international judicial office, the ICJ’s bench.