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Slovak heads court in The Hague

SLOVAK judge Peter Tomka was elected by his peers as President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on February 6 for a three-year term, the TASR newswire reported.

SLOVAK judge Peter Tomka was elected by his peers as President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on February 6 for a three-year term, the TASR newswire reported.

Tomka, age 55, became well-known when he defended Slovakia in a trial concerning the construction of the Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros dam on the Danube River brought by Hungary. Tomka has been a judge of the ICJ since 2003 and was named vice-president in 2009.

The ICJ, with 15 members, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

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