World's highest court for disputes among nations gets new judges

Other News Materials 6 November 2008 23:26 (UTC +04:00)

Four judges from Brazil, Britain, France and Jordan have won new terms to the world's highest international court dealing with disputes among nations, the Associated Press reported.

The selection of a fifth judge is still going on.

Two of the judges, Ronny Abraham of France and Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh of Jordan, both 58, were re-elected to the International Court of Justice, one of the United Nations' main bodies. Al-Khasawneh is ICJ's vice president; Abraham is a recent former legal director in the French foreign ministry.

Two others are newcomers to the court: Antonio Augusto Cancado Trindade is 61 and a law professor from Brazil while Christopher John Greenwood is a law professor from Britain.

The ICJ, based at The Hague, Netherlands and is the only international court with general jurisdiction.