Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf
|President of the International Court of Justice|
|Assumed office |
6 February 2018
|Vice President||Xue Hanqin|
|Preceded by||Ronny Abraham|
|Vice President of the International Court of Justice|
6 February 2015 – 6 February 2018
|Preceded by||Peter Tomka|
|Succeeded by||Xue Hanqin|
|Judge of the International Court of Justice|
|Assumed office |
6 February 2009
|Preceded by||Raymond Ranjeva|
|Born||12 September 1948|
Eyl, Italian Somaliland
|Alma mater||Somali National University |
University of Florence
Graduate Institute of International Studies
Yusuf was born in the northeastern town of Eyl in Somalia. He holds a Juris Doctor (Somali National University) and holds a Ph.D. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneva. Prior to his doctorate, Yusuf completed post-graduate studies in international law at the University of Florence in Italy.
Yusuf's previous positions include: Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs for UNESCO from March 2001 to January 2009, Legal Advisor (1994–1998) and Assistant Director General for African Affairs, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna (1998–2001), Representative and Head of the New York office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (1992–1994) and Chief of the Legal Policies Service of UNCTAD( 1987–1992), Lecturer in law at the Somali National University (1974–1981) and at the University of Geneva(1981–1983), and Somali delegate to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (1975–1980). He has also been guest professor and lecturer at a number of universities and institutes in Switzerland, Italy, Greece and France.
Yusuf is the founder and General Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law and is a Member of the Institut de droit international (Geneva). He is also one of the founders of the African Foundation for International Law, as well as the chairperson of its Executive Committee. In addition, Yusuf has authored several books and numerous articles on various aspects of international law as well as articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers on current Northeast African and Somali affairs. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Asian Yearbook of International Law, and a member of the Thessaloniki Institute of Public International Law and International Relations curatorium. He also previously served as a judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice.
On February 6, 2009, was appointed as a judge at the International Court of Justice. On February 6, 2015 he was elected vice-president of the court.
In 2011, Yusuf would later gain a seat in the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
On February 6, 2018, Yusuf was appointed President of the International Court of Justice. Yusuf will succeed Ronny Abraham of France as the 25th President of the ICJ and only the third African to hold the title after Nigeria's Taslim Elias (1982-1985) and Algeria's Mohamed Bedjaoui (1994-1997).
- The Notion of Cultural Heritage in International Law in the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
- The Role of the African Union in the Maintenance of Peace and Security in Africa in the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
- Curatorium Internationale Archived March 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "Cour internationale de Justice | International Court of Justice". www.icj-cij.org. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Cour internationale de Justice - International Court of Justice - International Court of Justice" (PDF). www.icj-cij.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.