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Hilary Charlesworth re-elected to the International Court of Justice

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Acting Attorney-General
The Hon Michelle Rowland MP

Joint media release

The Australian Government congratulates the Honourable Judge Hilary Charlesworth on her re-election to the International Court of Justice.

The election took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York overnight (9 November 2023, EST) to fill vacancies that will arise in February 2024.

Judge Charlesworth has served as a member of the International Court of Justice since 2021 and is a world-leading jurist, as well as the first Australian woman to serve as a Judge of the Court in its 78-year history.

The International Court of Justice plays a critical role in upholding international law and the rules-based order.

The Australian Government is confident that Judge Charlesworth will continue to draw on her exceptional expertise and act in accordance with the highest standards of independence and integrity.

These qualities are integral to the International Court of Justice in its mission to support the peaceful resolution of disputes between States.

The Australian Government sincerely thanks the outgoing judges for their service to the Court and wishes them well for the remainder of their terms.

More information about the Court can be found on the International Court of Justice website.