Chancellor Azcuna Elected as ICJ Commissioner
The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) takes pride in its Chancellor, Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, for his election as a Commissioner to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [http://www.icj.org] based in Geneva, Switzerland. Justice Azcuna’s election to the ICJ is a recognition of PHILJA’s work in judicial education particularly in promoting and strengthening the cause of human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines and worldwide.
The International Commission of Jurists, composed of eminent judges and lawyers from around the world, promotes and protects human rights through the rule of law to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems. It aims to ensure the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; to secure the realization of civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights; to safeguard the separation of powers; and to guarantee the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession. As a Commissioner, Justice Azcuna is expected to work actively towards the fulfilment of the objectives of the Commission and to assist in the implementation of its programmes, especially those related to his expertise — human rights.
Justice Azcuna, the first Filipino ICJ Commissioner, will serve for a five-year term until 2019.