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Scholar re-elected to a global court

Jan 27,2006
Song Sang-hyun, 65, a Seoul National University law professor on sabbatical leave, was re-elected on Thursday as a judge of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Mr. Song joined the court as an appeals judge in February 2003; his second term will be a nine-year one.
“I have experience with both the [European] continental law and Anglo-American law, so whenever there was a need to adjust differences between those two systems at the court, I was in a position to help. I think that is one of the reasons I was reelected,” Mr. Song said.
In an election held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Mr. Song received 70 of the 120 votes cast by member nations. Election to the bench requires that a nominee receive two-thirds of the votes.
A graduate of Seoul National University, Mr. Song has been on the faculty of his alma mater since 1972. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, New York University and Harvard University law schools.
The court was established in July 2002, and deals with international criminal matters that include genocide, military aggression and war crimes.
The court, which sits in the capital of the Netherlands, has 18 judges on its bench.


by Brian Lee


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