World Court Elects Its First Somali President

Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf has become the first Somali to steer the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.

“I am humbled by this election. And I sense that it genuinely indicates the agree with placed in me with the aid of my colleagues. That’s why I’m extraordinarily grateful to them,” he instructed VOA’s Somali carrier by cellphone.

“I hope that I could be able to meet their expectations and to carry out the obligations entrusted to me within the exceptional way feasible — to reveal them that they have got without a doubt made the proper desire in electing me as their president.”

The 15-member ICJ is the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. It troubles very last and binding rulings on disputes between states and advises the U.N. Yusuf, 69, a native of the Somali port town of Eyl, studied at Somali National University, the University of Florence and the University of Geneva. He might be the 0.33 African to steer the courtroom.

“It is a very heavy obligation. And, of a path, the challenge is to make sure to begin with that the credibility, the honor wherein the court docket is held through the global network, is preserved,” he stated.

“We constantly try to enhance the strategies of work of the court and to adapt our methods of the work to the wishes of a changing global. So that’s what I will try to do. And, of a route, the 1/3 task is to maintain the members of the courtroom united and to make certain that judgments which may be respected through those to which they’re addressed will be issued with the aid of the court, as has been its tradition for the beyond seventy-two years.”

Upcoming instances

Yusuf’s management will be tested right now. Among his first instances is a dispute between the U.S. And Iran over the freezing of Iranian property inside the U.S.

“We have 14 instances which can be pending, and which, of direction, concern all varieties of disputes between states,” he said, including disputes about environmental safety, boundaries, and diplomatic immunity. “We have been extraordinarily busy for the past 10 years as a courtroom, which indicates the increase in the growing accept as true with that the worldwide network has inside the World Court, in our courtroom. And we are extremely glad about that improvement.”

Another case with a purpose to be intently watched in East Africa is a maritime boundary dispute between Somalia and Kenya.

Role of nationality

Yusuf said his nationality will now not influence his paintings at the case. “My nationality does no longer count number. And, really, it’s far the statute of the court docket which says that the judges of the World Court are elected irrespective of their nationality. … So, my mission is to be impartial, to be the goal and to apply the regulation. And for all cases, that is what I do.”

Yusuf has been in the courtroom because 2009 and had formerly served as the courtroom’s vice-president. He will serve a 3-yr term.

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