Earlier Bhandari was locked in a close war with Greenwood.Minutes after an 11th round of voting was scheduled to begin in NY on Monday, a letter was released by the United Kingdom mission to the UN announcing that Sir Christopher Greenwood would accept defeat and allow the rival Indian candidate, Dalveer Bhandari, to fill the final vacancy on the ICJ.
Dalveer Bhandari was a judge in Supreme Court.
"Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India s re-election to ICJ".
The General Assembly and the Security Council today elected the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concluding the 2017 elections to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
She wrote, "Vande Mataram - India wins election to the International Court of Justice". Elections are held in the United National General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Security Council in NY, separately but simultaneously. A majority in both the general assembly and security council was required to win a place on the ICJ bench.
On November 9, the UNGA and Security Council members had elected judges to four of the five seats up for re-election this year from Brazil, France, Lebanon and Somalia, with the fate of the candidates from India and Britain hanging in the balance.
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"We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates", he said.
After serving for more than 13 years at the Delhi High Court, Bhandari was elevated to the post of Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court in 2004, where he rolled out several important judgments.
Bhandari got a second chance only because an unpopular Britain could not get an Assembly majority for a remaining judgeship requiring a runoff where the two chambers of the United Nations split in their voting.
A chronology of Justice Bhandari's journey, renomination to his election to the ICJ.
While there was jubilation in top Indian circles, there was criticism within the Britain and while some went to the extent of saying that Britain's influence on the General Assembly as well as the Security Council was running downhill following the Brexit announcement and possibly disastrous move away from Europe, it was possibly a serious lack of worldwide lobbying power and talent that did Britain in this instance.