The Australian Government is pleased to announce its support for the candidacy of Her Excellency Judge Hilary Charlesworth for re-election as a judge of the International Court of Justice. The election will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York at the end of 2023.
The Australian National Group will formally nominate Justice Charlesworth as a candidate for election when nominations open in early 2023. The Australian National Group is an independent body of reputable Australian lawyers who sit on the Permanent Court of Arbitration of La Hague.
Judge Charlesworth is an outstanding candidate, an eminent scholar and jurist who has made an outstanding contribution to the study and practice of international law. She is currently a judge of the Court after winning a decisive victory in the elections held in November 2021 following the death of Australian judge James Crawford. Justice Charlesworth is the first Australian woman elected to the Court and only the fifth female permanent judge in the Court’s 77-year history.
Justice Charlesworth is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a doctorate in legal science from Harvard Law School. She is currently a member of the Curatorium of the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law. Previously, she was the Harrison Moore Professor of Law and Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She was 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.