Xue Hanqin

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Xue Hanqin (2013)

Xue Hanqin ( Chinese  薛捍勤 , Pinyin Xuē Hànqín ; born  September 15, 1955 in Shanghai ) is a Chinese lawyer . She has worked in various legal and diplomatic positions for the Chinese Foreign Ministry since 1980 and is also a professor at various Chinese universities. From 2002 to 2010 she was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission . Since June 2010, she has been a judge at the International Court of Justice, succeeding Shi Jiuyong . In February 2018 she was elected Vice-President of the ICJ.


Xue Hanqin was born in Shanghai in 1955 and initially studied at the Beijing Foreign Language University from 1977 to 1980 . She then studied in 1981/1982 at Peking University , where she obtained a diploma in international law . At Columbia University she obtained beyond 1983 graduated as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and 1995 promotion . It functions at various Chinese universities as associate professor, then since 1994 at Peking University, since 1998 at the Diplomatic Academy China Foreign Affairs University and since 2008 at the Wuhan University . Since 2004 she has also been a professor at the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences .

From 1980 she held various positions in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, including 1999 to 2003 as General Director of the Contracts and Legal Department. From 2003 to 2008 she acted as ambassador of her home country in the Netherlands and as permanent representative of China to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and then as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She was also a member or head of the Chinese delegations at the meetings of the UN General Assembly , at a number of international meetings and in bilateral negotiations with other countries. From 2002 to 2010 she was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission .

In June 2010 she was elected judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague . After the British Rosalyn Higgins , she is the second woman since the founding of the Tribunal to be regularly elected judge. She succeeds her compatriot Shi Jiuyong , who had previously retired from this position, and will initially serve until the regular end of his term in February 2012. In November 2011, she was re-elected for a further nine-year term. She has been Vice President of the International Court of Justice since February 6, 2018.

Xue Hanqin is married and has one daughter.

Works (selection)

  • A Complete Compilation of Treaties on Trade and Economy between China and Foreign Countries. Beijing 1996 (as co-author)
  • Commentary on the Charter of United Nations. Original Chinese title: 联合国宪章 诠释. Taiyuan 1999 (as co-author)
  • Transboundary Damage in International Law. Series: Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law. Volume 27. Cambridge 2003

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Press release No. 2018/10 of February 6, 2018, accessed on February 6, 2018 ( Memento of the original of February 19, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.icj-cij.org