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7 February 2003

The judges of the International Court of Justice elect the members of the Court's Chambers and Committees

THE HAGUE, 7 February 2003. At a private meeting held yesterday the judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) elected the members of the Court's Chambers and Committees.

Yesterday's elections concerned only chambers of the Court formed pursuant to Articles 26, paragraph 1, and 29 of the Court's Statute. Chambers formed pursuant to Article 26, paragraph 2, for the case concerning the Application for Revision of the Judgment of 11 September 1992 in the Case concerning the Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Salvador/Honduras: Nicaragua intervening) (El Salvador v. Honduras) and the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Benin/Niger) were not concerned. Members of such Chambers are elected for the entire duration of the cases. 

Chamber of Summary Procedure

Article 29 of the Court's Statute provides that, with a view to the speedy despatch of business, the Court shall form annually a Chamber composed of five judges which, at the request of the parties, may hear and determine cases by summary procedure. The Court also selects two judges for this Chamber for the purpose of replacing judges who find it impossible to sit.

Under the Rules of Court, the President and Vice-President are members of this Chamber ex officio, the other members and the substitutes being elected.

The composition of the Chamber of Summary Procedure is now the following:

Members:
 President Shi Jiuyong

 Vice-President  Raymond Ranjeva

 Judges
 Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren
 Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
 Thomas Buergenthal

Substitute members:
 Judges
 Nabil Elaraby
 Hisashi Owada
 

Chamber for Environmental Matters

Article 26, paragraph 1, of the Court's Statute authorizes the Court "to form one or more chambers, composed of three or more judges as the Court may determine, for dealing with particular categories of cases; for example, labour cases and cases relating to transit and communications". Cases are heard and determined by these chambers if the parties so request.

The Chamber for Environmental Matters is the only one to have been established by the Court pursuant to this Article. It reflects the Court's desire to demonstrate the particular interest that it attaches to environmental issues.

The Chamber is currently composed of the following members, elected for three years:

President Shi Jiuyong

Vice-President Raymond Ranjeva

Judges
 Gilbert Guillaume
 Pieter H. Kooijmans
 Francisco Rezek
 Bruno Simma
 Peter Tomka

Committees of the Court

The following Committees of the Court are now composed as hereunder:

Budgetary and Administrative Committee:
President Shi Jiuyong
Vice-President  Raymond Ranjeva

Judges
 Gilbert Guillaume
 Abdul G. Koroma
 Vladen S. Vereshchetin
 Pieter H. Kooijmans
 Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
 

Rules Committee:
Judges
 Rosalyn Higgins
 Thomas Buergenthal
 Nabil Elaraby
 Hisashi Owada
 Bruno Simma
 Peter Tomka
 

Relations Committee:
Judges
 Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren
 Francisco Rezek
 Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
 Hisashi Owada
 

Library Committee:
Judges
 Abdul G. Koroma
 Pieter H. Kooijmans
 Francisco Rezek
 Thomas Buergenthal
 Peter Tomka
 

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Mrs. Laurence Blairon and Mr. Boris Heim, 
Information Officers (+ 31 70 302 23 37)
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