Japanese judge elected World Court's new president
Published: 9 February 2009 09:19 | Changed: 9 February 2009 09:19
By the Associated Press
Japanese judge Hisashi Owada has been elected the new president of the International Court of Justice.
The 76-year-old was elected in a vote among the court's 15 judges to replace British judge Rosalyn Higgins at the end of her 3-year term as president. The United Nations' highest judicialorganisation announced Owada's election on Friday.
The permanent tribunal, also known as the World Court, adjudicates disputes between UN member states and gives advisory opinions to the world body.
Owada studied at the University of Tokyo and Cambridge University in England before joining the Japanese foreign service where he held numerous diplomatic posts. He joined the World Court as one of its judges in 2003.