The Universal House of Justice - Result of By-Election
Mr. Barnes was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland. He practised law in that state, specializing in constitutional and human rights matters involving the civil rights of African Americans and women. In 1976 he moved to the Republic of Benin. He taught law at the Universite du Benin and obtained a Master of Philosophy in Law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, where he became a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Head of the Department of Business Law. He served on several elected and appointed Bahá'í institutions in Africa, and in 1993 was appointed to a senior administrative institution at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel.
The Universal House of Justice is a nine-member council that administers the affairs of the international Bahá'í community. Its members are elected for five-year terms through a distinctive, worldwide electoral process that does not involve nominations, candidacies or campaigning.
The Bahá'í Faith is an independent, monotheistic religion. Born in Iran in the mid-19th century, it has more than 5 million adherents in 190 countries and 45 dependent territories.
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