Britain has withdrawn its candidate from election to the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) as he was forced into 12 rounds of run-off elections for the final remaining place on the court.
It will be the first time since the ICJ was established in 1945 that there will be no British judge.
The move comes after the UK suffered a humiliating blow to its diplomatic prestige last week when after five rounds of simultaneous voting by the Security Council and the General Assembly in New York, four judges from Brazil, Lebanon, France and Somalia were chosen for the bench ahead of the British candidate Sir Christopher Greenwood.
The election then turned into a stalemate between Britain, which enjoyed support in the UN Security Council, and India’s judge Dalveer Bhandari, who won the vote in the General Assembly.
To win an ICJ election, a candidate needs to get a majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, which had not…