Nomination of Judge Hilary Charlesworth for re-election to the International Court of Justice

  • Joint media release with:
  • The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, Attorney-General, Cabinet Secretary

The Australian Government welcomes the nomination of Her Excellency Judge Hilary Charlesworth for re-election as a Judge of the International Court of Justice.

Judge Charlesworth has been nominated by the independent Australian National Group, a body of eminent Australian jurists who serve as members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Judge Charlesworth is an eminent scholar and jurist who has served on the court since 2021 and made an exceptional contribution to international law. She is an outstanding candidate for re-election.

Judge Charlesworth is the first Australian woman elected to the Court and only the fifth female permanent judge in the Court's 78-year history.

She is currently a Member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Previously, she has been the Harrison Moore Chair in Law and Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University.

She has been President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, as well as a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and the American Society of International Law.

She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and has a Doctor of Juridical Science from Harvard Law School.

The International Court of Justice election will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York in late 2023.

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