UN picks judge in PH-China row

posted June 26, 2013 at 12:02 am
by  Marlon C. Magtira
The International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea has named a judge from Ghana to replace the recently resigned Sri Lankan member of a United Nations five-man arbitral tribunal set up to hear the Philippines complaint over Chinas territorial claims in the South China Sea, a Philippine official said Tuesday. Raul Hernandez, spokesman for the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department, said Ghanaian judge Thomas Mensah has been named to replace Sri Lankan Judge Chris Pinto, according to ABS-CBN News. Pinto removed himself from the tribunal on May 6 to avoid potential accusations of conflict of interest because he is married to a Filipino woman. The five members of the tribunal under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea were appointed in April with Pinto serving as president. Mensah will serve as president of the arbitral tribunal, which will determine whether it can acquire jurisdiction over the Philippine complaint and proceed to look into Manilas case. The other four judges are Rudiger Wolfrum of Germany, Stanislaw Pawlak of Poland, Jean-Pierre Cot of France and Alfred Soons of the Netherlands.
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