The new President of the International Court of Justice will be Judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia. He will be assisted by the newly elected Vice President, Judge Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor of Mexico. Both positions were appointed on Monday 6th February following consultations in the General Assembly of the United Nations and the UN Security Council.
The new leaders of the ICJ will be based in The Hague in the Netherlands with thirteen current cases to oversee. The World Court, settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs. Current cases range from questions over a hydro-electric dam project being contested by Hungary and Slovakia to an Antarctic whaling dispute between Australia and Japan.