India Lobbies for Justice Bhandari’s Election to the ICJ

With the election date of 27 April 2012 fast approaching, India has stepped up its efforts seeking support for the election of current Supreme Court Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the ICJ. As noted previously, the two nominees seeking election to the vacancy created by Judge Al-Khasawneh’s departure from the ICJ are India’s Justice Bhandari and Florentino Feliciano from the Philippines.

At home, earlier this month, India’s External Affairs Minister held a meeting with the relevant ambassadors and diplomats in Delhi to to make India’s “case for Justice Bhandari and to ask them to support India.”

Effort’s to garner support for Justice Bhandari are also underway in New York. A recent report notes that “on the possibility of Justice Bhandari’s victory, official sources said India has been lobbying hard for the support” and that India “appears confident of his victory”.