Nomination of Judge Hilary Charlesworth to the International Court of Justice
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator the Hon Penny Wong
The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Joint media release
The Australian Government is pleased to announce its support for the candidature 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 in late 2023.
The Australian National Group will formally nominate Judge Charlesworth as a candidate for the election when nominations open in early 2023. The Australian National Group is an independent body of esteemed Australian jurists who serve as Members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Judge Charlesworth is an outstanding candidate, and an eminent scholar and jurist who has made an exceptional contribution to the study and practice of international law. She currently serves as a Judge of the Court after securing a decisive win in elections held in November 2021 following the death of Australian Judge James Crawford. Judge Charlesworth is the first Australian woman elected to the Court and only the fifth female permanent judge in the Court's 77-year history.
Judge Charlesworth is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and has a Doctor of Juridical Science from Harvard Law School. She is currently a Member of the Curatorium of the prestigious 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.