Uganda’s Julia Sebutinde Named ICJ Vice President

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Julia Sebutinde, a judge from Uganda, has been elected as the vice president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The election, which took place on February 6, 2024, follows her tenure as a member of the Court since February 6, 2012. She will serve in this role for three years alongside Judge Nawaf Salam from Lebanon, who was elected as the president.

Sebutinde’s recent election comes shortly after her involvement in a ruling regarding the Gaza crisis, which garnered significant attention globally. She was one of the two judges who largely dissented against six emergency measures in response to South Africa‚Äôs genocide case against Israel, sparking discussion and debate among observers.

Born on February 28, 1954, Sebutinde brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Before joining the ICJ, she served as a judge at the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2005 to 2011. She holds various academic degrees, including a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Edinburgh, UK.



Throughout her career, Sebutinde has held numerous judicial and legal positions, including serving as a judge of the High Court of Uganda and presiding over war crime trials. She has also been involved in legislative consultancy and academic training, contributing to the field of international law and human rights.

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In addition to her legal career, Sebutinde has been recognized for her contributions and achievements, receiving honors and awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Uganda British Alumni Association. She has authored various papers and delivered lectures on topics related to international criminal justice and human rights.



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