[1st December 2011]

KENYA’S AMOS WAKO RE-ELECTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMISSION

Kenya’s Amos Wako was last month re-elected for a second five year term as a member of the International Law Commission (ILC). This took place in New York during a United Nations General Assembly meeting on 17th November, 2011 in Geneva.

Hon. Wako who is a former Attorney General of the Republic Kenya was successfully re-elected to the commission after garnering a total of 138 votes. A 96 vote threshold is required to achieve a simple majority. The Hon. Wako having served the commission since 2006 was seeking re-election to the commission for a second five year term.

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 the ILC is a UN body charged with the promotion of the progressive development of international law and its codification. The International Law Commission meets in Geneva for up to three months each year summer (May-July) and is composed of experts representing the world’s principal legal systems. Each is elected for a term of five years by the U.N General assembly to serve in their personal capacity as International Law experts rather than as representatives of governments.
As we congratulate Hon. Wako for this deserved International appointment, we are deeply grateful to all those delegations that continued to entrust Hon. Wako with this high office. We trust that with his training and experience as an international legal expert, the candidate will continue to be a valuable asset to the International Law Commission.

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
TOKYO, JAPAN.

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