Somali judge is elected President of International Court of Justice

The Somali judge was elected to the court’s Chamber of Summary Procedure along with four other judges and two alternate judges, who shall henceforth hear and determine cases brought before the court.

International Court of Justice has elected a new President on Tuesday. H.E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, the former Vice-President of the ICJ has just been promoted to the court’s top job after a vote decided by a secret ballot.
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf,  was born in Eyl, a town in Northeastern Somalia in 1948.  He graduated in 1973 from the Somali National University in Law. He completed his post-graduate studies at the University of Florence in 1977 in International Law

and Relations. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Geneva in International Law. Since then, Mr. Yusuf has gone on to work for a host of international organizations, first as a legal advisor and eventually as a sitting judge. Yusuf has also authored more than seven books and over fifty articles.