The General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations voted last week to elect five new members to the International Court of Justice. The five judges haling from Jordan, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Somalia were affirmed for a nine-year term beginning in February 2009.
The International Court of Justice consists of 15 judges – three for Africa, two for Latin America, three for Asia, five for Western Europe and other States, and two for Eastern Europe and Russia. One third of the membership is renewed every three years, and no two judges may be from the same country.
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