Law commission

Roque loses bid for seat on International Law Commission

(1st UPDATE) “My candidacy for the ILC has been a tough one throughout the campaign, but we have met it head on. Unfortunately, we weren’t successful,” Duterte’s spokesman said shortly after the election.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque failed to win a seat on the United Nations (UN) International Law Commission (ILC) on Saturday, November 13.

In Saturday’s election of ILC members at a plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Roque received the fewest votes among candidates from Asia-Pacific states, securing just 87 of 191 valid ballots. The regional group is allocated only 8 of the 34 available seats in the commission.

With 191 voters, 2 spoiled ballots and 0 abstentions, voting for the Asia-Pacific States went as follows:

  • Bimal Patel (India) – 163
  • Vilawan Mangklatanakul (Thailand) – 162
  • Masahiko Asada (Japan) – 154
  • Nguyen Hong Thao (Vietnam) – 145
  • Huang Huikang (China) – 142
  • Lee Keun-gwan (Republic of Korea) – 140
  • Andreas Mavroyiannis (Cyprus) – 139
  • Tsend Munkh-Orgil (Mongolia) – 123
  • Nassib Ziadé (Lebanon) – 119
  • Mohan Pieris (Sri Lanka) – 112
  • Harry Roque (Philippines) – 87

This means that candidates from India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, China, the Republic of Korea, Cyprus and Mongolia will occupy all eight Asia-Pacific seats. Their five-year term will begin on January 1, 2023.

“My candidacy for the ILC was a difficult campaign throughout, but we met it head on. Unfortunately, we were not successful,” Roque said in a statement released shortly after the election.

He thanked President Rodrigo Duterte, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations, his staff, family and friends for supporting his candidacy for the ILC post.

“I wish new ILC members success, especially as they tackle difficult issues such as sea level rise and vaccine equality – issues that I will also continue to champion. .”

Individuals, groups and even institutions opposed Roque’s candidacy to be elected to the UN body. The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers had said the presidential spokesman – a former human rights lawyer – was “morally unworthy to be part of this august international legal body”.

The NUPL welcomed the development, saying: “Without deriving any pleasure from it, it is still with enormous comfort that we meet Harry’s non-election to the ILC.”

“We welcome the very telling vote by the UN in the wake of strong protests and opposition from its own peers and people. It could also be seen as a boost for its director,” said NUPL President Edre Olalia.

Olalia said the NUPL, in reference to Roque’s ILC bid, had “emphasized that the selected skill is best complemented by consistency, credibility and character, if not modesty”.

“While usually a compatriot who tries for the Olympics, the Nobel Peace Prize and even international beauty pageants is backed with all the necessary support, the same generosity is difficult to offer to his controversial candidacy,” he said. he declared.

The ILC is a UN body that helps develop legal rules and standards for adoption by UN member states. Membership of the ILC is considered a prestigious position among scholars of international law. –