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Presidency

The President and the Vice-President are elected by the Members of the Court every three years by secret ballot. The election is held on the date on which Members of the Court elected at a triennial election are to begin their terms of office or shortly thereafter. An absolute majority is required and there are no conditions with regard to nationality. The President and the Vice-President may be re-elected.

The President presides at all meetings of the Court; he/she directs its work and supervises its administration, with the assistance of a Budgetary and Administrative Committee and of various other committees, all composed of Members of the Court. During judicial deliberations, the President has a casting vote in the event of votes being equally divided.

In The Hague, where he/she is obliged to reside, the President of the Court takes precedence over the doyen of the diplomatic corps.

The President receives a special supplementary allowance of 15,000 United States dollars per annum, in addition to his/her annual salary.

The Vice-President replaces the President in his/her absence, in the event of his/her inability to exercise his/her duties, or in the event of a vacancy in the presidency. For this purpose he/she receives a daily allowance. In the absence of the Vice-President, this role devolves upon the senior judge.

On 6 February 2015 the Court elected Judge Ronny Abraham (France) to be President and Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia) to be Vice-President.

The following judges served as President or Vice-President before the present holders of those offices:

Guerrero and Basdevant
1946-1949

Basdevant and Guerrero
1949-1952

Sir Arnold McNair and Guerrero
1952-1955

Hackworth and Badawi
1955-1958

Klaestad and Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan
1958-1961

Winiarski and Alfaro
1961-1964

Sir Percy Spender and Wellington Koo
1964-1967

Bustamante y Rivero and Koretsky
1967-1970

Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan and Ammoun
1970-1973

Lachs and Ammoun
1973-1976

Jiménez de Aréchaga and Nagendra Singh
1976-1979

Sir Humphrey Waldock and Elias
1979-1982 (Sir Humphrey Waldock died on 15 August 1981. The functions of the Presidency were thereafter exercised by Judge Elias as Acting President, by virtue of Articles 13 and 14 of the 1978 Rules of Court.)

Elias and Sette-Camara
1982-1985

Nagendra Singh and Ladreit de Lacharrière
1985-1988 (Judge Ladreit de Lacharrière died on 10 March 1987. On 6 May 1987 the Court elected Judge Mbaye to be its Vice-President for the remainder of his predecessor’s term.)

J. M. Ruda and Mbaye
1988-1991

Sir Robert Jennings and Oda
1991-1994

Bedjaoui and Schwebel
1994-1997

Schwebel and Weeramantry
1997-2000

Guillaume and Shi
2000-2003

Shi and Ranjeva
2003-2006

Higgins and Al-Khasawneh
2006-2009

Owada and Tomka
2009-2012

Tomka and Sepúlveda-Amor
2012-2015