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Support for Joan Donoghue For Re-Election to the International Court of Justice

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 29, 2013


The United States strongly supports the candidacy of Judge Joan E. Donoghue for re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014.

Judge Donoghue has served with distinction as an ICJ judge since her election by the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly on September 9, 2010 to complete the term of Judge Thomas Buergenthal. Before joining the Court, Judge Donoghue had a long and distinguished career in the service of international law including serving as the senior career lawyer at the State Department and teaching at several U.S. law schools.

The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and plays a vital role in the development of international law, in dispute resolution and in the promotion of the rule of law. Elections to fill judicial vacancies on the ICJ for a term running from 2015 until 2024 will be held during the UN General Assembly session in 2014.

PRN: 2013/0350


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