Justice Solome Bossa elected ICC judge

07Dec 2017
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Justice Solome Bossa elected ICC judge

A judge with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) Judge, Justice Solome Bossa has been elected judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Justice Solome Bossa

According to a statement by the AfCHPR, the Assembly of the State Parties sitting in New York that met on Tuesday elected the Judge from the Uganda’s Court of Appeal, as ICC judge after four rounds of voting.

This is the first time a judge from the Arusha-based court gets such an international recognition.

Justice Bossa’s term at AfCHPR automatically seizes after her appointment to The Hague based Court.

The Arusha based court will now be left with a panel of 10 judges after the exit of the Ugandan Judge.

Judge Bossa is considered to be one of the highly accomplished judges on the continent with over twenty-seven 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. 

Before joining the AfCHPR, Judge Bossa 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), and 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.

The ICC was created by the 2002 Rome Statute to try cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Meanwhile, two top Judges with the Arusha based court are expected to retire mid next year after completing their two year mandatory terms.

In his telephone interview with this paper yesterday, AfCHPR’s Head of Media and Information Unit Sukdhev Chatbar said Justice Gérard Niyungeko  from Burundi and his Senegalese counterpart Justice El Hadji Guissé are due to retire from the Arusha based court next year after serving twelve years respectively.

“They’ve already served their two terms of six years each, but they can’t be reelected according to the rulers of the court,” he explained.

 Another face that is likely to exit the AfCHPR according to Chatbar is the current Court’s Vice President Justice Ben Kioko.

According to Chatbar, the Kenyan has already served his years but he can still seek for reelection if he wishes to do so.