First African Woman Sworn In As Judge Of UN Court

Julia Sebutinde from Uganda officially started her term as a Judge at International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Monday, becoming the first African woman to sit on the UN Court.

According to an ICJ press release, “her career objective is to contribute to world peace through the adjudication and settlement of legal disputes at national, regional and international levels.”

Ms. Sebutinde, 58, has worked for 32 years in the legal and judicial field.

Before joining the ICJ, she conducted judicial inquiries into high-profile corruption cases in Uganda and was a Judge prosecuting the former Liberian president Charles Taylor at a special court in Sierra Leone.

With Sebutinde, three female Judges currently sit on the UN court bench, the other two being Judge Xue Hanqing from China and Judge Joan Donoghue from the U.S.

Both were elected in 2010.


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