Fact Check: Has Justice Dalveer Bhandari Been Elected As Chief Justice Of ICJ? Here’s The Truth

A post is being widely shared on social media claiming that Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Established in June 1945, ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and began work in April 1946.

The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands).

one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, also known as the World Court.

The viral post has an image of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and is being shared with a caption that reads, “Justice Dalveer JAIN Bhandari* elected *Chief Justice* for _International court of Justice_ for next 9 years. He secured 183 votes out of 193. Great Britain was holding this position for 71 years. Proud moment for India.”

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here, here, and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

We ran a search and found that The Quint reported on November 22, 2017, about Justice Dalveer Bhandari. The caption of the video read, “On 20 November, Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the last seat at the International Court of Justice, after UK’s candidate Christopher Greenwood pulled out of the contest.”

We searched on the official site of the International Court of Justice and found there is no such designation as the Chief Justice. We found that the President of the organisation is Joan E. Donoghue from the United States and the Vice-President is Kirill Gevorgian from Russian Federation.

We also found that Judge Dalveer Bhandari is a Member of the Court since April 27, 2012, and was re-elected on February 6, 2018, for a term of nine years.

Ministry of External Affairs in a press release on November 21, 2017, also informed about the re-election of Judge Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice. The report read, “The Government of India welcomes the election of Judge Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) when the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council convened independently in New York on 20 November 2017 to fill the fifth vacancy for the 2018-2027 term.”

Hence, the viral post claiming Justice Dalveer Bhandari was elected as the Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice is fake.

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