Sarah Cleveland appointed to the International Court of Justice
The U.S. Department of State has announced the intention of the National Panel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration to nominate Sarah H. Cleveland of Columbia Law School to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2023.
The ICJ functions as the judicial organ of the United Nations, settling legal disputes and promoting the rule of law among UN member states. If confirmed, Cleveland will be the second woman to represent the United States on the court.
Excerpt from the press release:
A dedicated scholar of international law, Professor Cleveland has the knowledge, experience, integrity, commitment to the rule of law and vision to guide the Court in its important work in the years to come. She is an exceptional choice for this key position. We call on other UN member states to vote for Professor Cleveland in 2023.
Professor Cleveland has a long and distinguished career in the service of international law, including as Professor of International Law, as International Law Adviser to the Department of State’s Office of Legal Counsel (2009-2011) and as vice-president and member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2015-2018). She currently holds the Louis Henkin Chair in Human and Constitutional Rights at Columbia University School of Law in New York, where she has been a faculty member since 2007. Professor Cleveland has also served as an American Observer Fellow and a member of the European Commission for Democracy. Through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe (2010-2019), and she is currently a member of the ad hoc Conciliation Commission for Qatar v. United Arab Emirates in the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. She has been a visiting professor of international law at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and the University Sciences-Po in Paris, France, as well as at universities in Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. She has published numerous articles on international law topics and has been involved in international law litigation in the United States and before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She continues to be a member of my advisory committee on international law, a board member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.
Cleveland served as Coordinating Rapporteur for the Reformulation of the Fourth Act, United States Foreign Relations (Treaties, Jurisdiction, and Sovereign Immunity) Act, as well as Rapporteur for the Treaty Section of the Reformulation.