Ugandan Solomy Balungi elected ICC Judge

Kampala, Uganda:

Ugandan Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa has been elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court.

Justice Balungi made the mark as the second Ugandan Judge to join an International Court after Julia Sebutinde another Ugandan judge who joined the International Court of Justice in 2012 to become the first African women to sit on ICJ.

Balungi has been a human rights activist since 1980 and founded a non-profit organisation including the East African Centre for Constitutional Development, the Uganda Network on HIV, AIDS, Ethics and the Law and the Uganda Law Society.

Balungi was a lecturer at the Law Development Centre of Uganda from 1981 until 1997 and She was a legal practitioner from 1988 until 1997, representing indigent women and expanding legal aid, including serving as President of the Uganda Law Society.

She became a Judge on the High Court of Uganda from 1997 until 2013.

Balungi, however, was also elected judge on the East African Court of Justice from 2001 until 2006 and on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 2003 until 2013.

In 2013, she was appointed by Ugandan Constitutional Court, and in 2014, she was one of the judges who canceled Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act for not being passed with the required quorum.

Balungi garnered 81 votes in the 4th round of voting to become ICC Judge at the UN headquarters in NewYork.

 

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