Former vice president Elizabeth Odio Benito, 75, successfully concluded a campaign to become a judge on the hemispheric Interamerican Court of Human Rights Tuesday.
This time she had the full support of Costa Rican officials. The election was by foreign minsters at the Washington meeting of the Organization of American States.
The court is located in San Pedro.
The foreign ministry said that her election was important for Costa Rica because it recognized the country for its long support of human rights.
She was with Manuel González Sanz, the foreign minster, in Washington. The election was relayed to San José by a video conferencing setup that fed to the foreign ministry here.
Judge Odio has a long and distinguished history, first as a professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica and vice president of academic affairs.
She has held several minister positions in the Costa Rican government and was vice president under Miguel Ángel Rodríguez.
In 1993 she became a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She left there to take her seat as a vice president.
For a reason that still is unknown then-president Abel Pacheco declined to support her for election to the International Criminal Court, but the president of Panamá, Mireya Moscoso, did.
She did not lack national support for the latest position. The term is for five years.