A renowned Gambian jurist has just taken oath of office as the country’s Chief Justice. Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow has been the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) since 2003. Justice Jallow replaces Emmanuel Fagbenle who had earlier tendered his resignation.

Chief Justice Hassan Bubacarr Jallow

Jallow, a former Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Justice Minister in the Jawara government, is the son of the respected late Bansang Imam Alhagie Bubacarr Jallow. He also served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia. Justice Jallow was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal, becoming a judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s Appeals Chamber judge in 2002. And in 2003, Justice Jallow was appointed the Prosecutor of the ICTR.

The author of The Law of the African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People’s Rights studied law at Tanzania’s University of Dar es Salam, the Nigerian Law School and University College in London.

The new Chief Justice’s tasks include ensuring that public trust and confidence return to the courts, which have been used as tools of punishment for innocent people during the Jammeh dictatorship. Gambians want the courts to maintain their independence as well as serve as the last bastion of hope.



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