Pangalangan sworn in as ICC judge

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 14 2015 02:22 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2015 10:34 AM

MANILA - Former University of the Philippines law dean Raul Pangalangan was sworn in as a judge in the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday.

Pangalangan was sworn in at a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

The ceremony was presided by Senegal Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba, president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute.

In a statement, ICC President Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi said Pangalangan will make important contributions to the international court.

"I have no doubt that Dr. Pangalangan will make an important contribution to the work of this Court. Dr. Pangalangan's long history of involvement with the ICC demonstrates his commitment to international criminal justice," said Fernandez de Gurmendi.

"I hope this will encourage more Southeast Asian states to join the ICC, and to become members of a global system to punish and help prevent the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as whole," she added.

Pangalangan was elected ICC judge on June 24. His term of office will end on March 10, 2021.