Abdulqawi Yusuf

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Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf
President of the International Court of Justice
Assumed office
6 February 2018
Vice PresidentXue Hanqin
Preceded byRonny Abraham
Vice President of the International Court of Justice
In office
6 February 2015 – 6 February 2018
PresidentRonny Abraham
Preceded byPeter Tomka
Succeeded byXue Hanqin
Judge of the International Court of Justice
Assumed office
6 February 2009
Preceded byRaymond Ranjeva
Personal details
Born (1948-09-12) 12 September 1948 (age 72)
Eyl, Italian Somaliland
CitizenshipSomalia
NationalitySomali
Alma materSomali National University (JD)
University of Florence
Graduate Institute of International Studies (PhD)
OccupationJudge
ProfessionLawyer

Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somali: Abdulqaawi Ahmed Yuusuf) is a Somali lawyer and judge who is the current President of the International Court of Justice.

Early life

Yusuf was born in the northeastern town of Eyl,Puntland.[1] He holds a Juris Doctor (Somali National University) and holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneva. Prior to his doctorate, Yusuf completed post-graduate studies in international law at the University of Florence in Italy.

He is fluent in Somali, Arabic, English, French, and Italian.

Career

Yusuf's previous positions include: Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs for UNESCO from March 2001 to January 2009, Legal Advisor (1994–1998) and Assistant Director General for African Affairs, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna (1998–2001), Representative and Head of the New York office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (1992–1994) and Chief of the Legal Policies Service of UNCTAD (1987–1992), Lecturer in law at the Somali National University (1974–1981) and at the University of Geneva (1981–1983), and Somali delegate to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (1975–1980). He has also been guest professor and lecturer at a number of universities and institutes in Switzerland, Italy, Greece and France.

Yusuf was elected to the Institut de droit international in 1999 and is currently a member. He is the founder and General Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law. Yusuf is also one of the founders of the African Foundation for International Law, as well as the chairperson of its Executive Committee. In addition, Yusuf has authored several books and numerous articles on various aspects of international law as well as articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers on current Northeast African and Somali affairs. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Asian Yearbook of International Law, and a member of the Thessaloniki Institute of Public International Law and International Relations curatorium.[2] He also previously served as a judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice.[3]

ICJ justice

On 6 February 2009, he was appointed as a judge at the International Court of Justice. On 6 February 2015, he was elected vice-president of the court.

In 2011, Yusuf would later gain a seat in the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

On 6 February 2018, Yusuf was appointed President of the International Court of Justice. He became the third African to hold the title after Nigeria's Taslim Olawale Elias (1982-1985) and Algeria's Mohamed Bedjaoui (1994-1997).[4]

Lectures

Publications

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.garoweonline.com/en/news/world/somalia-judge-abdulqawi-elected-as-new-icj-president
  2. ^ Curatorium Internationale Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Cour internationale de Justice | International Court of Justice". www.icj-cij.org. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Cour internationale de Justice - International Court of Justice - International Court of Justice" (PDF). www.icj-cij.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.