Malaysia fails election to UN's International Law Commission

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Nov 2016

NEW YORK: Despite having impressive credentials, a  Malaysian law professor, whose name was proposed by the Malaysian Government, failed to be elected to the United Nations (UN) International Law Commission (ILC).

Prof Datuk Rahmat Mohamad  said all countries had put up their best candidates.

"But this is an election, there are winners and losers, and we have to accept that Malaysia put up a good fight but the result was not in Malaysias favour.

"But I consider it an honour and privilege to represent Malaysia in the election," he said.

Rahmat has held the high-profiled position of fifth secretary-general of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) in New Delhi, India for two terms.

Prior to his appointment as AALCO secretary-general, Rahmat was the deputy vice-chancellor of Research and Innovation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, and Professor of International Law since 2003 at the Faculty of Law at Universiti Teknologi MARA, where he started his career as lecturer in 1986.

He read law at the Institut Teknologi MARA and pursued his LL. M at Bristol University, England.

He attained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Aberystwyth, United Kingdom in 2000.

Rahmat said the voting was carried out in secret ballot, which did not reflect where the negative votes came from.

"Despite all the lobbying, it is left to the individual voting country that decides in the end, whom to give its vote.

"Indeed, there are so many factors that could have contributed to the result," he contended.

Rahmat was one of the candidates contesting from the Asia Pacific group for the ILC; he was pitted against candidates from two Southeast Asian countries, namely Indonesia and Vietnam.

Since the voting was done in secret ballot, analysts cannot pinpoint which countries voted for which candidates contesting the election.

The ILC, established in 1947, is aimed at contributing towards improvement and progressive development of international law and its codification, compiling international treaties, drafting international conventions and studying major issues related to international laws.

The commission has 34 members, elected once every five years. The five-year term of the newly-elected members will begin in January. - Bernama


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