The German national group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague intends to nominate Professor Georg Nolte as a candidate for election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the period 2021-2030 to take place during the 75th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in autumn 2020.
Germany emphatically promotes and supports this candidacy. Professor Georg Nolte holds the Chair of Public Law, International Law and European Law at the Law Faculty of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Since 2007, he has also been a member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) to which he was elected for the third time in 2016. He has the broad based experience needed for duties at the ICJ, is outstandingly well qualified and is highly regarded internationally.
Germany is convinced that Professor Georg Nolte can make a tremendous contribution to the work of the Court.
- Professor Georg Nolte (information in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arab, and Chinese language)
Professor Nolte’s Vision for the ICJ
As the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the most important guardian of international law.
The demands on the International Court of Justice are rising. Its caseload is heavy, and its cases are often complex, both factually and legally. At the same time, the expectations and aspirations of States are growing as well. The Court must do its best to ensure that its decisions are acceptable to the parties and that these decisions contribute to the development of international law more generally.
The ICJ can satisfy these rising demands by faithfully interpreting and applying the law and by being sensitive to the international environment in which individual cases arise. The requirement in its Statute that its composition should represent the main forms of civilisation and the principal legal systems of the world helps it to achieve this task.
It is further important that the members of the Court are dedicated, hard-working, practice-sensitive, balanced, and knowledgeable in world affairs. They need to combine a principled and a collegial approach. Their loyalty must be to the institution of the Court and to international law as such, not to individual States or special interests.
In his work as a member of the International Law Commission, including as Special Rapporteur, Professor Nolte has demonstrated these qualities. His firm and sustained commitment to the mandate of the Commission, as well as his ability to penetrate the most complex issues and to propose good solutions, are recognised by practitioners as well as by academics. He brought the work on ‘Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice in Relation to the Interpretation of Treaties’ to a successful consensual conclusion in due time. In his work as an author, he has demonstrated his competence and balanced judgement in various areas of international law.
If elected, Professor Nolte would bring his experience and his devotion to international law to the Court. He would strive to contribute, in a spirit of loyalty and with full commitment, to the noble and difficult task of the ICJ.