Professor Dire Tladi nominated to serve as a judge at the International Court of Justice

The Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria is pleased to announce and extend its congratulations to Dire Tladi, Professor of International Law and Future Africa's Research Chair of Global Equity in Africa, on his nomination as South Africa's candidate to serve as a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), commonly known as the World Court.

Prof Tladi's nomination was officially endorsed by the cabinet of South Africa in May 2023, marking a significant recognition of his exceptional expertise and outstanding contributions to the field of international law. The election for the International Court of Justice judges is scheduled to take place in November 2023.

The International Court of Justice, comprised of 15 judges elected by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council for nine-year terms, holds an important role in settling legal disputes between nations in accordance with international law. Additionally, it provides authoritative advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorised United Nations organs and specialised agencies.

Beyond his nomination, Prof Tladi has demonstrated exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to the field of international law. He currently serves as President of the South African Branch of the International Law Association and is an Executive Member of the International Law Association.

"I am deeply honoured to be nominated as South Africa's candidate for the International Court of Justice. If elected, I will diligently fulfil my responsibilities and contribute to the Court's mission of upholding international law and promoting global equity," said Prof Tladi.

Among his notable achievements, Prof Tladi leads the Future Africa Research Chair in Global Equity established in March 2023. The Chair's primary objective is to pursue multi-perspective strategies for global equity, with a particular focus on addressing equity issues in Africa. It aims to identify the challenges hindering progress on the continent and chart innovative pathways to overcome them.

Prof Tladi has also held several key positions within the field of international law, including serving as the Chair of the International Law Commission, an organ of the United Nations renowned for its contributions to the International Court of Justice. He has provided his invaluable expertise as the legal adviser of the South African mission in New York and as a Special Adviser to the South African Foreign Minister.

The Future Africa Institute and the University of Pretoria proudly support Prof Tladi’s candidature for the International Court of Justice. His appointment would significantly contribute to the advancement of international law and the pursuit of global justice.