Justice Julia Sebutinde has been re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a second term.

Sebutinde received 139 votes in the second round, defeating Rwanda which got 87 votes and Nigeria 31. She is the first African woman to sit on the World Court since 2012.

She won Rwanda’s Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, Nigeria Elias Olufemi, and Seršić Maja from Croatia.

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Adonia Ayebare, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations tweeted; “Delighted to announce the election of Justice Julia Sebutinde of Uganda to the International Court of Justice for a second term. I was privileged for leading the campaign team in New York. I thank my Boss Hon. Sam Kutesa, PS Mugoya and the team at MOFA.”

“Congratulations Justice Sebutinde you’re an excellent candidate and a big Sister. I am privileged for having led your campaign twice a record at the UN. I thank my team at the Mission for their support. I also congratulate other candidates from Japan, Germany, China and Slovakia.” he added.

According to ICJ website, for one to be appointed a judge at the ICJ, he or she had to be elected by members of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council, where polling takes place simultaneously but independent of each other.

In order to be elected, a candidate had to have an absolute majority in both bodies, which often leads to much lobbying and a number of rounds of voting.

Sebutinde is one of Africa’s most senior female judges and the first woman to work as a judge at the ICJ which she joined on February 6, 2012.

Together with others, she will serve at the Hague for a nine-year term beginning on February 6th, 2021 until 2030.

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