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Jamaican jurist elected to ICJ

Published:Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jamaican jurist Patrick Robinson was yesterday elected to serve as a judge in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). His nine-year tenure begins in February 2015.

Robinson's eventual election broke a deadlock in the United Nations General Assembly and the 15-member United Nations Security Council.

Both bodies are required to record a majority vote for the winning candidate.

However, over the course of the elections, Robinson consistently received more than a two-thirds majority of votes in the General Assembly, while Argentina's candidate, Susana Ruiz Cerutti, received the required majority in the Security Council.

The deadlock between the Security Council and the General Assembly was ultimately resolved following Cerutti's withdrawal last Wednesday.

This allowed for Robinson's election.

He received a total of 185 votes in the General Assembly and 15 votes in the Security Council in the elections yesterday.

HISTORIC MOMENT

On news of his election, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller congratulated Robinson.

"Judge Robinson's elevation to this high office marks a historic moment, not only for Jamaica but for the entire Caribbean," she said.

"The overwhelming support that he received throughout the rounds of voting from the UN membership is a reflection of the excellence of the Jamaican candidate, and the high regard with which the country is held in the international arena."

Robinson is the only Jamaican and the second Caribbean national to serve on the ICJ since its establishment 70 years ago.