Issue 5 - 16 November 2006 - ILC Elections Completed in One Round of Voting

New York, 16 November 2006 – The General Assembly held elections for the members of the International Law Commission on 16 November.

ILC elections follow the rules in the body’s 1946 statute. According to amended Article 9, those candidates who receive the greatest number of votes and not less than a simple majority of the Member States will be elected. The number of seats available to each region was determined in a 1981 General Assembly decision, which gives 8 seats to Africa, 7 to Asia, 4 to Eastern Europe, 7 to Latin America and the Caribbean, and 8 to Western Europe and other states.

The qualifications of the 44 eligible candidates were circulated by the Secretary-General in June and are available here.

The successful candidates in the election are listed below. The top-scoring candidates from each region are noted in bold. Those marked with (*) currently hold a seat on the ILC. Successful candidates for re-election will serve another five-year term beginning on January 1, 2007.

International Law Commission Members-Elect for 2007-2011

(Arranged by region, in alphabetical order of candidate)

(Adapted from http://www.un.org/law/ilc/) Current members marked with (*)

Candidates (Nationality)
Nominated by

African States (8 seats):

1. Comissario Afonso, Pedro (Mozambique)*
Mozambique

2. Dugard, Christopher John Robert (South Africa)*
South Africa

3. Fomba, Salifou (Mali)*
Mali

4. Hassouna, Hussein A. (Egypt)
Egypt

5. Kamto, Maurice (Cameroon)*
Cameroon

6. Kemicha, Fathi (Tunisia)
Tunisia

7. Wako, Amos S. (Kenya)
Kenya

8. Ojo, Bayo (Nigeria)
Nigeria

Not elected:

1. El-Murtadi Suleiman, Abdelrazeg (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)

2. Pambou Tchivounda, Guillaume (Gabon)*

Asian States (7 seats):

1. Al-Marri, Ali Mohsen Fetais (Qatar)*
Qatar

2. Hmoud, Mahmoud D. (Jordan)
Jordan

3. Perera, A. Rohan (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka

4. Singh, Narinder (India)
India
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Canada

5. Wisnumurti, Nugroho (Indonesia)
Indonesia

6. Xue, Hanqin (China)*
China

7. Yamada, Chusei (Japan)*
Japan

Not elected:

1. Buena, Arturo B. (Philippines)

2. Daoudi, Riad (Syrian Arab Republic)*

3. Momtaz, Djamchid (Iran, Islamic Republic of)*

4. Ziadé, Nassib G. (Lebanon)

Eastern European States (4 seats):

1. Galicki, Zdzislaw W. (Poland)*
Poland

2. Kolodkin, Roman Anatolyevitch (Russian Federation)*
Russian Federation

3. Melescanu, Teodor Viorel (Romania)*
Romania

4. Petric, Ernest (Slovenia)
Slovenia

Latin American and Caribbean States (7 Seats)

1. Candioti, Enrique J.A. (Argentina)*
Argentina

2. Niehaus, Bernd H. (Costa Rica)*
Costa Rica

3. Saboia, Gilberto Vergne (Brazil)
Brazil

4. Valencia-Ospina, Eduardo (Colombia)*
Colombia

5. Vargas Carreño, Edmundo (Chile)
Chile

6. Vasciannie, Stephen C. (Jamaica)
Jamaica

7. Vázquez-Bermudez, Marcelo (Ecuador)
Ecuador

Not elected:

1. López Contreras, Carlos (Honduras)

Western European and other States (8 seats)

1. Brownlie, Ian (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)*
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Canada
India
New Zealand

2. Caflisch, Lucius (Switzerland)
Switzerland

3. Escarameia, Paula Ventura de Carvalho (Portugal)*
Portugal

4. Gaja, Giorgio (Italy)*
Italy

5. Jacobsson, Marie G. (Sweden)
Sweden
Denmark
Finland
Iceland
Norway

6. McRae, Donald M. (Canada)
Canada
New Zealand
Australia
Mexico
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
India

7. Nolte, Georg (Germany)
Germany
France

8. Pellet, A lain (France)*
France
Germany
Slovak Republic

Not elected:

1. Matheson, Michael J. (United States of America)*

2. Economides, Constantine P. (Greece)*

3. Versan, Rauf (Turkey)

Questionnaire Responses
CAMPAIGN: A More Democratic Selection Process
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Frequently Asked Questions
Current Selection Process
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Role of the Secretary-General
Current Candidates
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