Ugandan Lawyer, Justice Dr Julia Sebutinde has been re-elected Judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), for a second term (2021-2030) at the elections that were held at the United Nations in New York on 12 November 2020.
The elections were held concurrently in the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly.
The International Court of Justice is the highest Judicial body in the world and one of the five organs of the United Nations.
In His Excellency Yoweri Museveni’s address to the UN General Assembly on 29 September 2020, the President strongly commended the Judge to the world leaders
The campaign to re-elect Justice Dr Sebutinde was spearheaded by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam K. Kutesa, working with teams at the Ministry, Uganda Missions in New York, Addis Ababa and elsewhere.
It is on record that Dr Sebutinde has served the court with distinction and ably contributed to over 40 Judgments and 65 Orders of the Court, among other accomplishments.
Justice Sebutinde’s victory was sealed in the second round of voting in the UN General Assembly.
The five (5) Judges elected to the ICJ include: Mr. Iwasawa Yuji, Japan (169 votes), Mr. George Nolte, Germany (160 votes), Ms. Xue Hanqin, China (155 votes), Mr. Peter Tomka, Slovakia (150 votes), and Ms. Julia Sebutinde, Uganda (139 votes).
Other candidates who competed in the same elections were: Mr. Emmanuel Ugirasebuja, Rwanda (87 votes), Ms. Maja Sersic, Croatia (42 votes), and Mr. Taoheed Olufemi Elias, Nigeria (31 votes).
The successful election is a vote of confidence in Uganda and its standing in the international system.