A CAMEROONIAN DIPLOMAT HAS BEEN ELECTED AS JUDGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA (ITLOS).

On the 24th of August 2020, Mr Maurice Kengne Kamga, Minister Plenipotentiary, was elected as a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg by the States parties of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Emulating the success of candidates, David Attard of the Republic of Malta, Ida Caracciolo of Italy, Jielong Duan of China, Maria Teresa Infante Caffi of Chile and Markiyan Kulyk of Ukraine, Professor Maurice Kengne Kamga obtained over 2/3 of the required votes from the 168 UNCLOS States Parties.

Professor Kengne Kamga will be sworn in on the 1st of October 2020 for a nine years renewable term at ITLOS.

At the time of his election, he was Legal Secretary of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, a position he has held since 2008.

Holder of a Doctoral Degree in International Relations from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon in 1994 and a PhD in International Law of the Sea from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. This seasoned diplomat, who has received several academic distinctions, is also University Professor.

This remarkable election is a victory for Cameroon that presented his candidacy and secured the endorsement of the African Union during the Summit of Heads of State and Governments in February 2019 in Addis Ababa.