Freedom Under Law welcomes the appointment of Professor Dire Tladi as judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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Professor Tladi is a highly regarded scholar with a strong track record in academia and impressive practical experience in the international arena. He has served as chair of the International Law Commission, where his work has drawn praise, and has also served as a legal advisor for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, with responsibility for deciding legal disputes between states, and for providing advisory opinions on legal questions for United Nations organs and specialised agencies. “In the current international environment of unremitting global conflicts, the role of organisations such as the ICJ is vital to ensure that international law is upheld. Professor Tladi will thus be playing a crucial role as a judge of the ICJ. His appointment is also to be welcomed as it ensures that a perspective from the Global South is included in the court’s decision-making process”, said FUL Chair Justice Azhar Cachalia. He went on to say that FUL is confident that Professor Tladi will distinguish himself in performing this crucial function as a judge of the ICJ.