Ex-justice elected to International Commission of Jurists

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A FORMER associate justice of the Supreme Court has been elected as one of the five new commissioners of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Malacanang said Saturday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that it was with great pride that Adolf Azcuna was elected to the post, the first for a Filipino.

"He brings his wealth of experience and wisdom to the ICJ. We are confident that ICJ will benefit from his long years as a jurist and as a trainor of judges," Lacierda said.

Azcuna will serve a five-year term as commissioner commencing from August 12, 2014, and while the ICJ's headquarters are in Geneva, he will continue to work from Manila.

"We offer our warmest congratulations to Justice Azcuna, who is a shining example of Filipino excellence in the field of law," Lacierda added.

The ICJ is composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world.

The ICJ "promotes and protects human rights through the Rule of Law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems."

Prior to his election, Azcuna had served as Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy since 2009.

From 2002-2009, he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. (SDR/Sunnex)

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