Slovak sworn in as judge in the Hague

SLOVAKIA'S former ambassador to the UN in New York, Peter Tomka, was sworn in as a new judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague.

Tomka, 46, is no stranger to the court. He represented Slovakia in the Hague in a dispute with Hungary over the Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros hydroelectric dam project more than five years ago.

He is the first citizen from former Czechoslovakia to become a judge of this high-profile institution, although eight Czechoslovak candidates have sought to join the bench in its 80-year history.

"I am certainly pleased to have been chosen for this position. I consider it a recognition for Slovak jurisprudence as well as that of former Czechoslovakia, since my law studies and early career are linked to Prague," Tomka told the TASR news agency prior to the ceremony.

Tomka's colleagues hail from China, Madagascar, France, Sierra Leone, Russia, Britain, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Brazil, Jordan, the US, Egypt, Japan, and Germany.

Top stories

Reconstruction work on the Monument of Liberation and Victory, unveiled in 1955 in the Dargov mountain pass, which commemorates the liberation of eastern Slovakia from Nazism.

Unusual mousetrap and Dubček's glasses: Slovakia treasures on display in America

Look through event tips, set out on an easy hike and read short culture stories.

24. sep

News digest: Opening of Bratislava bypass postponed

Interior minister stays, Pavarotti from Slovakia celebrates his 70th birthday and Slovak food producer wins its fourth Great Taste prize.

24. sep
Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo speaks to foreigners at [fjúžn] festival's "Ask the Mayor" event.

Foreigner’s community has a big voice, but it needs to be more organised

Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo addressed the questions and concerns of foreigners in Bratislava during a special Q&A.

23. sep
The new Bratislava sculpture is made of coloured bronze, its height is almost five metres, and it weighs two tons.

Donkey, dog, cat and a rooster: Four friends find a new home in Bratislava

A 'Town Musicians of Bremen' statue has been unveiled in the city.

23. sep
Skryť Close ad