Justice Sebutinde Elected Vice President International Court of Justice

Photo Courtesy of Justice Julia Sebutinde

Ugandan Justice Julia Sebutinde who a few weeks ago came under immense criticism over a controversial ruling in the case against Israel over merciless killings in Gaza has been elected Vice President of the International Court of Justice.

Sebutinde in her ruling in a case filed by South Africa said the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Palestine is a historical and political matter which could not be settled by a mere court decision. Her opinion annoyed many people on the African continent including Uganda which had just hosted the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) where over 120 member countries unanimously condemned Israel over genocidal killings in Gaza.

It should be remembered that Hamas terrorists attacked Israel on October 7, 2023 leaving over 1,100 Israelites killed. In response, Israel forces embarked on indiscriminate bombing of Gaza buildings which has so far caused death of more than 25,000 Palestinians.

However, Sebutinde was yesterday elected Vice President of the International Court of Justice. Many people have taken to X to congratulate her including Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa. Below is Tayebwa’s full congratulatory message.

Justice Julia Sebutinde, I extend my sincerest congratulations on your election as the Vice President of the International Court of Justice. Your esteemed colleagues on the bench have recognized your exceptional qualifications and dedication to the pursuit of justice. This appointment is a testament to your unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and equity.

As you assume this significant role, I trust that you will continue to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape with grace and wisdom. May the divine guidance of God accompany you throughout your tenure, as you make invaluable contributions to the international legal community.

Once again, congratulations on this well-deserved achievement. Your leadership and expertise will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the judicial system.

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