Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna has been elected as member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an international human rights non-governmental organization, Malacañang announced on Saturday, August 30.
Azcuna, who served as associate justice from 2002 to 2009, is the first Filipino who will sit in the ICJ.
Prior to his election, Azcuna had served as Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy since 2009.
Azcuna also served as presidential legal counsel during the Cory Aquino administration.
Azcuna will serve a five-year term as commissioner commencing from August 12, 2014, and while the ICJ's headquarters are in Geneva, he will continue to work from Manila.
The ICJ is composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, the Palace said.
The ICJ played a leading role in pushing for the adoption of the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court in 1998.