Former FM Bogdan Aurescu is running for the position of judge at the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague, political sources told Digi24.ro. The elections take place at the end of this year.
The former Foreign Minister of Romania, currently presidential adviser, is co-nominated for this candidacy by 9 other countries besides Romania: Holland, Portugal, Sweden, Latvia, Italy, Poland, Peru, Estonia and Bulgaria.
In addition, the cited sources claim, the European Union will promote this candidacy as the EU candidacy. Several UN member states strongly encouraged the advancement of this candidacy of Aurescu, given his solid expertise in international law and international relations.
Since September 2004, Bogdan Aurescu was Romania’s Agent for the International Court of Justice, coordinating – throughout the proceedings – the activity of the team that represented Romania in the trial with Ukraine at the International Court of Justice regarding the Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea, completed on February 3, 2009 with the winning of 79.34% of the area in dispute, i.e. 9700 km² of continental shelf and exclusive economic zone that belonged to Romania – the only extended of sovereign jurisdiction and sovereign rights of Romania after 1918.
Bogdan Aurescu is also a member of the Venice Commission (substitute member since 2002), with 30 opinions, studies, reports that he authored or co-authored. He is also a member of the prestigious UN International Law Commission, serving his second term (first term – 2017-2022; second term – 2023-2027.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague has 15 judges and is the main judicial body of the United Nations. It is based in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. Its main legal functions are the settlement of disputes presented by member states.