MPs Applaud Justice Sebutinde’s Election as ICJ Vice-President

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Lady Justice Julia Sebutinde’s appointment as vice-president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was celebrated by Members of Parliament (MPs). The ICJ, based in The Hague, Netherlands, announced her election on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, for a three-year term.

During a parliamentary session on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa commended Sebutinde’s achievement, noting its significance in elevating Uganda’s reputation globally.

Tayebwa extended Parliament’s congratulations to Sebutinde, emphasizing her role in representing Uganda on the international stage. He urged MPs to support her in upholding justice impartially.

Sebutinde’s recent election follows her notable dissenting vote in a recent ICJ session, where she opposed emergency measures proposed in response to South Africa’s genocide case against Israel.

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Sarah Opendi, Tororo District Woman MP and chairperson of the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), also lauded Sebutinde’s achievement, highlighting the rarity of becoming vice-president of the ICJ.

Sebutinde has been a member of the ICJ since February 6, 2012. Prior to her tenure at the ICJ, she served as a judge at the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2005 to 2011 and as a judge of the High Court of Uganda from 1996 to 2011, handling civil and criminal cases.

The ICJ, established in June 1945 as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), plays a vital role in resolving disputes between states.

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