ICJ judge James Richard Crawford dies aged 72

James Richard Crawford, one of the judges who heard the case between Somalia and Kenya at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has died.

Crawford, born on November 14, 1948, had been a judge at the ICJ since February 2015 and was due to sit on the bench until February 2024.

A statement from the ICJ said the Australian jurist died on May 31.

Born in 1948 in Adelaide, Australia, Crawford earned his law degree from the University of Adelaide and a postgraduate degree from Oxford University before serving as a Barrister.

He later served as commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission and various other legal committees.

He also served as a member of the UN International Law Commission as well as a Special Rapporteur on State Responsibility.


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