Two new female judges sworn-in at the African Court on Human and People Rights

The two newly sworn in judges, Lady Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila (left) and Lady Justice Chafika Bensaoula (right) with the Court’s Bureau (President Hon. Justice Sylvain Ore (2nd right) and Vice-President Hon Justice Ben Kioko. Photo: Courtesy
The two newly sworn in judges, Lady Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila (left) and Lady Justice Chafika Bensaoula (right) with the Court’s Bureau (President Hon. Justice Sylvain Ore (2nd right) and Vice-President Hon Justice Ben Kioko. Photo: Courtesy

Two new Judges who were elected in January during the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa Hon. Justice Chafika Bensaoula from Algeria and Hon. Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila from Malawi were sworn-in on March 6th, 2017 at the seat of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania.

The two replaced Hon Justice Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria) and Hon Justice Duncan Tambala (Malawi) whose term came to an end on September 5, 2016.

The two join their colleagues Hon. Lady-Justice Ntyam Ondo Mengue from Cameroon and Hon. Lady-Justice Marie Thérése Mukamulisa from Rwanda who were elected to the Court during the 27th African Union Summit in October, Kigali, Rwanda. The fifth female judge already at the Court is Hon Lady Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa from Uganda who was elected in June 2014.

For the first time in the history of the Court, there will be five female judges sitting on the 11-member court. The increased number of female judges is the fulfilment of the requirement for adequate gender representation provided for in Article 12 (2) and Article 14 (3) of the Protocol establishing the court.

The Court’s Judges are elected for a term of six-years and renewable once.