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Judge Mohamed Shahabudden — a jurist of whom the entire Caribbean can be proud

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen, who passed away on February 17, 2018, was an illustrious son of the Caribbean. He served with distinction as a judge of both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (the Tribunal).

From Guyana, he was the first Caribbean national to serve as a member of the International Court of Justice.

Current members of the International Court of Justice recall with gratitude his immense contribution to the jurisprudence of the court, particularly by his illuminating separate and dissenting opinions.

When I joined the Tribunal in 1998, he had already been serving in that body as a judge of the Appeals Chamber for two years. I quickly discovered that his views, reflected in his thoughtful and incisive opinions, were much valued by the entire legal fraternity of the Tribunal.

Judge Shahabuddeen and I served on the Tribunal for 10 years, and I place on record my gratitude to him for the fraternal support he gave me during my presidency of that body.

Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen was a jurist of whom the entire Caribbean can be justifiably proud.

I offer my sincere condolence to his family and all his friends in the Caribbean.

Patrick Robinson


International Court of Justice

The Hague




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