Issue 153 - September 13 - Joan Donoghue Joins International Court of Justice

New York, September 13, 2010 - The UN General Assembly and Security Council elected a new member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday, September 9. Joan E. Donoghue of the United States was elected following the resignation of Thomas Buergenthal, also of the United States, whose term was due to expire in 2015.

Judge Donoghue replaces Buergenthal, effective immediately, and will serve the remainder of his term, until February 5, 2011. Donoghue has most recently served as principal deputy legal advisor for the U.S. Department of State. (See curriculum vitae.)

Judge Donoghue will be officially sworn in on Monday, September 13 with Judge Xue Hanquin of China, also elected to the Court earlier this year. The ceremony will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, the Court's seat. The two female judges will serve simultaneously, a first in the Court's history.

For more on the nominations and elections processes, see UNelections Monitor #145.