A judge of Uganda’s Court of Appeal, Justice Solome Balungi Bossa was on Tuesday elected by The Assembly of the State Parties sitting in New York, the United States to serve at the International Criminal Court (ICC). She beat two other candidates from Lesotho and Benin.
“Glad to announce the election of Justice Barungi Bosa of Uganda as Judge of the ICC. Thank you team Uganda,” tweeted Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the UN Adonio Ayebare
He added: This victory is a vote of confidence in Uganda’s judiciary and diplomacy at the United Nations.
The ICC was created by the 2002 Rome Statute to try cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Balungi Bbosa joins Justice Julia Sebutinde, elected as a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a tight 2011 race, to represent Uganda at two key international courts.
Who is Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa?
Justice Bossa is a highly accomplished judge with over 27 years of legal and judicial work experience at national, regional and international level. She has considerable exposure and experience in international judicial practice, international human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and constitutional law.
She was elected Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in June 2014, for a term of six years.
She has served as Judge with the High Court or Uganda for sixteen years (1997-2013). The East African Court of Justice for five years (2001-2006), United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) for nine and half years (2003-2013) and currently serves as Judge on the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court for Uganda.
Before joining the Bench, she was a Lecturer/Law Reporter at the Law Development Centre of Uganda for seventeen years (1981-1997).
She has, been a human rights activist since 1980 and has founded/chaired non-profit Organizations in human rights like the East African Law Society.
The East African Centre for Constitutional Development, the Uganda Network on HIV, AIDS, Ethics and the Law, the Uganda Law Society, among others.
She has also chaired government bodies like the Law Council and the National Steering Committee on Community Service,
she is a member of the International Commission of Jurists, the international Association of Women Judges, the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights and the East African Judges and Magistrate’s Association, among others. At national level, she is a member of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Uganda Chapter, the National Association of Women Judges, and the Uganda Association of Judges and Magistrates.
As a Bar leader, she is well trained on improving access to justice, constitutional and democratic governance, leadership skills, among others. She contributed significantly towards the establishment of the East African Law Society, the East African Centre for Constitutional Development (Kituo cha Katiba), and the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics, HIV and the Law. She also participated through the aegis of the International Commission for Jurists, in the initial stages of drafting of the Additional Protocol on Women to the African Charter.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) Honors from Makerere University. She is a candidate for a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M) from the University of London. She has received various national, regional and inter-national awards in recognition of her distinguished services as a legal practitioner, judge and human rights activist.