EACJ congratulates Dr Ntezilyayo on his new appointment

10Dec 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
EACJ congratulates Dr Ntezilyayo on his new appointment

THE East African Court of Justice warmly congratulates Justice Dr Faustin Ntezilyayo, Deputy Principal Judge of the First Instance Division, upon his new appointment as new Chief Justice of Rwanda replacing Justice Prof Sam Rugege who has retired.

Dr Faustin Ntezilyayo

The EAC Heads of State summit appointed Dr Ntezilyayo a judge to East African Court of Justice in April 2013 and consequently he was designated the Deputy Principal Judge in July 2018, a position he still holds to date.


The president of the court, Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, on behalf of the Court and on his own behalf congratulates Dr Ntezilyayo and commends his dedicated and commendable work as a judge and an exemplary leadership as the Deputy Principal Judge of the First Instance Division, which has greatly contributed to rising the jurisprudence and steady growth of the court.

Dr Ugirashebuja further said that, Justice Ntezilyayo’s new elevation to the Chief Justice demonstrates his hard work in the judiciary of Rwanda and entrusting him with greater assignments.

“I once again congratulate His Lordship and wish him good luck in implementing the role of the judiciary of Rwanda. The East African Court of Justice has no doubt in his capacity in implementing its role of ensuring adherence to the law through interpretation, application and compliance of the Treaty in the EAC region and in particular the Republic of Rwanda.”

Rwandan President Paul Kagame swore in Justice Dr Faustin Ntezilyayo as the Chief Justice of Rwanda on Friday.

Justice Ntezilyayo before being appointed to EACJ, served as the Assistant Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda; Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda; Minister of Justice of Rwanda; Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda; Managing Director of the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency; Independent Consultant and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Canada and Managing Director of AGASEKE Bank. His Lordship holds a PhD in Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium 1994; LLM in Fiscal Law, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 1996; M.A in International Affairs with specialization in International Trade Policy, Carleton University, Canada, 2009.

EACJ is one of the organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. Established in November 2001, the Court’s major responsibility is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty. Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The Court’s sub-registries are located in the respective National Courts in the partner states.

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