Raul Pangalangan, former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law, was elected as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that prosecutes genocide and war crimes.
Pangalangan, the second Filipino elected to the post after Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, will serve as judge for the Netherlands-based court for six years or until 2021, an ICC statement said.
The ICC is an independent international body, separate from the United Nations system, and the first permanent international court that deals specifically with the gravest crimes facing humanity, such as genocide. It also prosecutes individuals for war crimes and aggression.
An election was held during an Assembly of States to the Rome Statute that created the ICC at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands from June 24 to 25 to select a new judge after Santiago vacated the post in 2014 due to a lingering ailment.
The ICC said Pangalangan “has competence in relevant areas of international law, such as international humanitarian as well as human rights law and extensive experience in a professional legal capacity, which is of relevance to the judicial work of the Court.”
The international court came into being on July 1, 2002 – the date its founding treaty, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, entered into force. It can only prosecute crimes committed on or after that date.
The mortal nemesis of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno has given the honor to the Philippines after being elected as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that prosecutes genocide and war crimes.
Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno congratulated Pangalangan, saying his appointment is a welcome development and an achievement for the country.
Sereno and Pangalangan are said to be “enemies” with each belonging to two opposing blocks in UP.
Sereno did not support the appointment of Pangalangan as UP Dean because she chose former Energy Seretary Jose Lotilla.