Judges

APPELLATE DIVISION


Hon. Justice Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja: President of the Court

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Born in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 December 1976.

Holds a PhD in Law, University of Edinburgh, LLM (University of Edinburgh), LLB., National University of Rwanda (Now, University of Rwanda), Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program at the Stanford University. Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Certified Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Previously: Dean of the Law School, University of Rwanda (2009-2014); Member of the Superior Council of Judiciary (2009-2014); Member of the Supreme Council of prosecution (2009-2014); - Senior Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda; Team of Experts in the East African Community on Fears, Challenges and Concerns towards the East African Political Federation (2010-2011); Legal Advisor at the Rwanda Environment Authority (2009); Legal Advisor at the Rwandan Constitution Commision (2001-2003)Gave Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Dar es Salaam, Rwanda Senior Command and Staff, Rwanda National police College. Expert and arbitrator in both national and international arbitrations. Author of several academic and conference papers.

Appointed Judge of Appeal of the EACJ Appellate Division in November 2013.

Subsequently appointed the President of the EACJ in June 2014.

Hon. Justice Liboire Nkurunziza: Vice-President of the Court

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Born September 1977. Holds the degree of LL.B (University of Iringa) and LL.M in Public International Law (to be awarded by Hope Africa University, Burundi). Currently: Member of National Service of Legislation of the Republic of Burundi, lecturer at Hope Africa University. Previously served as Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Burundi: (2008 -2013); Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic in Bujumbura: (2004 – 2008); Focal Person in charge of the East African Community Affairs in the Ministry of Justice and Custodian of the Seal: (2009 – 2010); The High Official nominated to participate and to analyse the legal content of Drafts protocols and other legal aspects involved in the Community in the Sectoral Council on Legal and Judicial Affairs in pre-ministerial session (2009-20011); Member of the National Committee of the Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers in the East African Community: (2012-2013).

Appointed Judge of the EACJ, Appellate Division in June 2013 and Vice- President of the Court in June 2014.

Hon. Justice Aaron Ringera

ringeraBorn 1950. Holds the degrees of LL.B (Hons), and LL.M (University of Nairobi, Kenya), a Diploma in Law (Kenya school of law) and a Diploma in international and Comparative Law of Human Rights (Institute of International and Comparative Law of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France). Is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London). Currently: Arbitrator and Legal Consultant. Previously served as senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi (1978-1990); Practicing Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (1978-1994); Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of Kenya (1994-2004); Solicitor- General of Kenya (1996-1999); Director and Chief Executive of the Kenya Anti- Corruption Authority (KACA) (1999-2000); Director and Chief Executive of the Kenya Anti- Corruption Commission (KACC) (2004-2009).

Appointed Judge of Appeal in the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in April 2014

Hon. Mr. Justice Edward Rutakangwa


Born February 1949. Holds an LLB (Hons.) degree (University of Dar es Salaam 1973). Currently: Justice of Appeal on the Court of Appeal of the United Republic of Tanzania (2006 to date), Commissioner of Tanzania Judicial Service Commission and Chairperson of the Tanzania Judiciary Rules of Committee. Previously: Served in the Judiciary of Tanzania as a Resident Magistrate (18 years), Deputy Registrar (1984-1990), Deputy Chairman of the Tanzania Permanent Labour Tribunal (1982-1984), Chairman, Housing Appeals Tribunal (1990-1991), Judge of the High Court of Tanzania (1991-2006), and Chairman, Loans and Advances Recovery Tribunal (LART) (2004-2006)).

Appointed Judge of Appeal on the EACJ Appellate Division in June 2014.

Hon. Justice Geoffrey W. M. Kiryabwire: Judge Appellate Division

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Born on 23rd May 1961 in Kampala Uganda. Holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from Makerere University and a Masters of Laws Degree (LL.M) in International Law (with a bias in International Economic law) from the University of London in the UK.

Currently: He is a Justice of the Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court in Uganda. He is Chair of the ICT/Law Reporting Committee of the Uganda Judiciary. He is a Judge of the Arbitration Tribunal of East African Development Bank; a Panel Member of the INSOL International College of Mediators (IICM) London England; and an Associate of the Uganda Insurance Institute.

Previously: He served as head of the Commercial Court Division of the High Court of Uganda; Chairman of the UNESCO Appeals Tribunal in Paris France; CEO of Pan world Insurance Co Ltd (now Lion Assurance Co) in Uganda; Chairman of the Uganda Insurers Association and as a Senior State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Uganda. He has done adjunct teaching of law at Makerere University, Ndejje University and Uganda Martyrs University in Nkozi Uganda. He has also done consultancy work for World Bank and IMF and has written a number of papers in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a contributor to 3 published books.

Appointed Judge of Appeal on the EACJ Appellate Division in August 2015

FIRST INSTANCE DIVISION


Hon. Lady Justice Monica Kalyegira Mugenyi: Principal Judge

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Born August 1969. Holds an LLM in International Trade Law Degree (University of Essex, UK) 2002; a Postgraduate Diploma, Legal Practice (Law Development Centre, Uganda) 1993; LLB Degree (Makerere University, Uganda) 1992; and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
Currently: Principal Judge, East African Court of Justice, (July 2015 to date); Judge High Court Uganda, (2010 to date); Chairperson, EADB Staff Appeals Tribunal (2013 to date).
Previously: Judge East African Court of Justice (1st Instance Division), (December 2013- June 2015); Judge, High Court Uganda (Land and Criminal Divisions),(2010 – 2015); Manager Corporate Services, Uganda Road Fund/ Legal Secretary, Uganda Road Fund Board, (2010); Legal Consultant, Uganda (2008 – 2009); Legal Officer, Privatisation & Utility Sector Reform (World Bank/ IDA) Project, Uganda/ Secretary, Divestiture and Reform Implementation Committee (Sub-Committee of Cabinet; Policy formulation body), (2002-2007); Senior State Attorney, Attorney General’s Chambers, Uganda (1999 – 2002); State Attorney, Ministry of Justice (1993-1999); Assistant Secretary, Law Council (on secondment), Uganda (1993 – 1994); Non-Executive Director, PRIDE Microfinance Ltd, Uganda (2005 – 2010); Non Executive Director, Uganda Livestock Industries Limited, (2007-2008); Non Executive Director, Uganda Seeds Limited, (2005-2008).

Appointed Judge of the EACJ, First Instance Division, December 2013 and a Principal Judge in July 2015

Hon. Mr. Justice Isaac Lenaola: Deputy Principal Judge

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Currently: Judge, High Court of Republic of Kenya; and Head of Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court. He is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Notary Public Commissioner of Oaths; Member of the Judicial Service Commission of Kenya (Since 2010); and Member,  Selection Panel for the Interim Election and Boundaries Review Commission of Kenya.

Previously: He served as Commissioner, CKRC; Commissioner, PCK; Chairman, Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association; Council Member, International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ); and Board Member, Judicial Training Institute of Kenya.

Appointed Judge of the EACJ, First Instance Division in May 2011 and Deputy Principal Judge in December 2013

Hon. Justice Dr. Faustin Ntezilyayo

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Born on 20 August 1962.
Holds a PhD in Law, University of Antwerp (Belgium), LLM in Fiscal Law (Free University of Brussels, Belgium), M.A. in International Affairs with specialization in International Trade Policy (Carleton University, Canada), LLB, National University of Rwanda, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIarb).

Previously:

Assistant Lecturer, National University of Rwanda (1986-1989); Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry (1995-1996); Minister of Justice (1996-1999); Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda (2000-2003); Managing Director of the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (2003-2005); Independent Consultant (2005-2011) and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Canada (2007-2009); Managing Director of AGASEKE Bank (2011-2013).

Currently:

A Judge of the East African Court of Justice First Instance Division, appointed in this position in April 2013; a Lecturer of Law at the University of Rwanda, School of Law; Arbitrator; and a Member of the Panel of Conciliators of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (2015-2021).

Hon. Mr. Justice Fakihi Abdallah Jundu

Hon. Mr. JunduBorn July 1949. Holds the degree of LLB (University of Dar- es Salaam). Currently: Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, Member of the Tanganyika Law Society and the East African Law Society; Previously: State Attorney , Attorney- General’s Chambers (1977-1978), Land Officer, Land Development Services Division (1978-1980); Legal Secretary, National Agricultural and Food Corporation (1980-1987); Corporation Secretary, National Textile Corporation (1987-1994); Advocate , Semgalawe & Co. Advocates (1994-1997); Advocate, Semgalawe, Jundu & Co. Advocates (1997-2003); Judge, High Court of Tanzania (2003-2009); Judge In – Charge, High Court of Tanzania, Moshi (2006-2008) and Iringa (2008-2009); Principal Judge, High Court of Tanzania (2009-2014) and also served as Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, the Judicial Officers Ethics Committee, the National Bench- Bar Committee, the Court Brokers’ Appointment and Disciplinary Committee. He also served as a Commissioner of the Judicial Service Commission and a Trustee of the Editorial Board of the Land Reports of Tanzania.
Appointed Judge of the EACJ, First Instance Division in June, 2014

Hon. Mr. Justice Audace Ngiye

Hon. Mr. Justice Audace NgiyeBorn February 1963. Holds a Degree of LLB (University of Burundi). Advocate (Member of the Burundi Bar Association from September 1996)

Currently: Deputy Director National Service for Legislation.

Previously: Principal Legal and Administrative Adviser of the Vice- President of the Republic of Burundi (May 2003-December 2005 and January 2007-January 2OO8); Member of the EAC Sub-Committee on Approximation of national laws in the East African Community context (December 2010-February 2015); Chairperson of the Burundi Government Human Rights Commission.

Appointed Judge of the EACJ, First Division in June 2015