India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Justice Dalveer Bhandari, won handsomely on April 2012, with 122 votes in the UN General Assembly, defeating his nearest rival, Filipino Justice Feliciano C Florentino, by 5
Justice Bhandari will be India’s fourth judge to occupy the position. The last judge sent there was Justice R S Pathak between 1989 and 1991. India had lobbied hard for the position with foreign minister S M Krishna pushing for the seat.
The first Indian in the ICJ was B N Rau, who was a judge from 1952 to November 30, 1953. India’s most significant representative in ICJ came through Nagendra Singh, who was a judge from 1973 to 1988.