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In Wake of India - UK Duel, 7 ICJ Judges Take Outside Arbitration Work, Good Riddance

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 – Unreported during the recent International Court of Justice battle in which India's Dalveer Bhandari bested the UK's Christopher Greenwood, in the General Assembly and then overall when Greenwood withdrew, is the scandal of moonlighting ICJ judges. While the Statute of the ICJ bans judges from engaging “in any other occupation of a professional nature," seven sitting judges have been paid for private investor - state dispute settlement cases. IISD reports that "Greenwood worked as an arbitrator in at least nine investment arbitration cases during his tenure at the ICJ. He was paid more than USD 400,000 in fees in two of those nine cases. It did not identify any cases in which Bhandari worked as an arbitrator during his tenure." Inner City Press is informed that Bhandari, in fact, doesn't do this type of investor - state dispute settlement arbitration work, as a conscious choice. But others do - we've reported on this in the past, here and here, and will stay on the beat.  In other news, on November 3 Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who had just cut short Inner City Press' questions about Guterres' inaction on the killings by the Cameroon government, these questions: "is the Secretary General having a one-on-one lunch on 38th floor today? is it with a journalist / editor? is it on or off the record? why isn't this lunch on the SG's public schedule? is it with Gillian Tett?" Dujarric's and the UN's answer on this: "I have nothing to say to the SG’s schedule that’s not public." Now Tett's FT interview belatedly came out, with no mention of Guterres and his Deputy's involvement in corruption scandals, it led with Guterres complaining about the quality of his private chef and wine cellar. Even UN supporters told Inner City Press it was distasteful. The interview, tellingly, had little Africa where Guterres took 42-year ruler Paul Biya's golden statue; he said he is not a professional tweeter. So who is sending that pablum out? And why did the FT go so soft? We'll have more on this.


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