Somali judge is elected President of International Court of Justice

Somali judge is elected President of International Court of Justice

Congratulatory messages from Somali and other parts of the world are being shared on social media following the election of Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf as president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

(Africanews)——The Somali judge was elected to the court’s Chamber of Summary Procedure along with four other judges and two alternate judges, who shall henceforth hear and detrmine cases brought before the court.

The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Established in June 1945, the court settles, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and gives advisory opinions ob legal questions referred to it by duly organs and agencies of the United Nations.

Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has been the vice president of the ICJ since February 2015 and has been a judge at the court since 2009.

Yusuf is the founder and General Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law and is also one of the founders of the African Foundation for International Law, as well as the chairperson of its Executive Committee.

In addition, Yusuf has authored several books and numerous articles on various aspects of international law as well as articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers on current Northeast African and Somali affairs.


  1. Congratulation for your election Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed! I hope you are in a position to bring fascist-Ethiopian rulers to justice. Not only for the illigal wars of occupation they waged but also for the crimes against humanity in Somalia, Oromia and the whole region in that part of Africa they caused. We would be proud of you if you could make a case against Abiy’s recent adventure in JiJiga and Welega. Abiy’s troops have massacred innocient civilians both in Jijiga and Welega with impunity.

  2. Are you serious kichuu? He hold this position almost one year now, this is not new. Why you making this news as something new? I think you need to new editor guys.

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