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Justice Bhandari Elected as ICJ Judge

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.


  1. LORD LORD 29 April 2012

    Congratulation for justice D Bhandari

  2. justice alinawaz chowhan justice alinawaz chowhan 3 May 2012

    Greetings to Hon”justice Bahandari .I knew his successor from Jordon very well.and justice SABIRWAL former CJ india. Praying for success of Bahandri Sahib and wishing him well . He will enjoy the judges cafe and The hague
    Justice ali nawaz chowhan
    formerly intl judge of the UN at the Hague
    and co chairman unesco judicial board paris. Professor of intl law and justice in Pakistan
    living in islamabad

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