UN Law Commission: Ex-CJ’s bid fails

The United Nations (UN) International Law Commission (ILC) failed to elect former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to its ranks last week.

According to the ILC, the election of the members of the Commission for a five-year term, beginning in January 2023, took place by secret ballot at the 32nd meeting of the General Assembly at its 76th session held last Friday (12).

Peiris was seeking one of eight seats on the ILC allocated to the Asia-Pacific region.

Eight nominees from India, Vietnam, Japan, China, South Korea, Cyprus, Mongolia, and Lebanon were elected from the secret ballot. While Peiris secured 112 votes, he failed to make it into the eight.

Accordingly, Professor (Dr.) Bimal N. Patel (India), Dr. Vilawan Mangklatanakul (Thailand), Asada Masahiko (Japan), Nguyen Hong Thao (Vietnam), Huikang Huang (China), Prof. Keun-Gwan Lee (South Korea), Andreas D. Mavroyiannis (Cyprus), Munkh-Orgil Tsend (Mongolia), and Nassib G. Ziade (Lebanon) were the eight selected nominees.

Peiris, along with two others from Kazakhstan and the Philippines, failed to gain a seat among the vacant 34 member positions.