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Hailing history-making Caribbean jurist

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen, who passed away on February 17, 2018, was an illustrious son of the Caribbean. He served with distinction as a judge of both the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (the Tribunal).

Current members of the ICJ (of which I am a member) recall with gratitude his immense contribution to the jurisprudence of the court, particularly by his illuminating separate and dissenting opinions. He was the first Caribbean national to serve as a member of the ICJ.

When I joined the tribunal in 1998, he had already been serving in that body as a judge of the Appeals Chamber for two years. I quickly discovered that his views, reflected in his thoughtful and incisive opinions, were much valued by the entire legal fraternity of the tribunal.


ICJ Grateful


Judge Shahabuddeen and I served on the tribunal for 10 years, and I place on record my gratitude to him for the fraternal support he gave me during my presidency of that body.

Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen was a jurist of whom the entire Caribbean can be justifiably proud.

I offer my sincere condolences to his family and all his friends in the Caribbean.


Judge, International Court of Justice

The Hague