France fully supports Mr Abraham’s candidacy for re-election as a judge at the International Court of Justice

Mr Ronny Abraham was elected judge at the International Court of Justice in 2005. He was re-elected by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in 2009. He was elected President of the Court by his peers on 6 February 2015. The Government of the French Republic fully supports Mr Abraham’s candidacy for re-election.


The International Court of Justice (ICJ), located in The Hague (Netherlands), is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946. The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies. The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

Mr Ronny Abraham has extensive legal expertise, as shown by his career.

As a judge, he has held the highest positions in the French administrative branch, including at the Conseil d’État.

Mr Ronny Abraham was also Legal Affairs Director at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that capacity, he was Agent for France in many cases before international and European courts, including the International Court of Justice. He also represented France on the occasion of various international missions. He was, on a number of occasions, Head of the French delegation to the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

In addition to practical experience, Mr Ronny Abraham has solid academic experience: he has taught in a number of French higher education establishments, including the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the Universities of Paris X-Nanterre and Paris II-Panthéon-Assas. He has published many books and articles on international legal doctrine (see his curriculum vitae).

The election of M. Ronny Abraham as President of the Court confirms the recognition of his capacities and qualities as an international judge.

Mr Ronny Abraham therefore has established competence in international law and, as attested by his previous terms of office, all the expertise required to continue to fully assume the function of judge at the International Court of Justice.

Dernière modification : 04/04/2017

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