Justice Aboud Imani (Tanzania) has been elected Judge of the African Court.

Justice Aboud Imani (Tanzania) garnered 47 out of 55 votes from AU (African Union) member States.

Judge Aboud will take over from Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa (Uganda) who is now serving his term at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bossa was elected ICC judge in December last year and took oath of office in March. Kenyan judge Ben Kioko, who was the Vice President of the African Court, retained his position with 45 votes. This will be his final six-year term. Other elected judges include Tchikaya Blaise (Congo) with 44 votes and Judge Anukan Stella Isibhakhomen (Nigeria) with 27 votes. Justice Anukam replaces Justice El Hadji Gisse (Senegal) while Judge Tchikaya will take over from Judge Gerard Niyungeko (Burundi).

Judge Aboud (55)  is a High Court of Tanzania Judge, currently in-charge of Tanga Zone, with 290 people under her supervision, including judges, magistrates and other judicial officers. She handles civil, criminal as well as labour matters when required. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Maritime Law from International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, majoring in Law of the Sea and Shipping Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing) from the College of Business Education (CBE) in Dar es Salaam.

Her expertise, knowledge and professional skills include, but not limited to, member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Women Judges, representing African region; monitor in the Monitoring Team assigned by the United Nations Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunal (MICT), Arusha, Tanzania to monitor Rwandan genocide cases.

Judge Aboud has also been a member of the Special Committee under the Judicial Service Commission that was responsible to review and recommend on Judicial Service Systems in view of adopting best practices from other jurisdictions or countries.

From 2011 to date, Judge Aboud has been a facilitator in seminars and workshops on human rights, including women and children rights with emphasis on gender-based violence (GBV), including sextortion as well as applicability of the International Human Rights Instruments.

She is also a member of the Tanzania Judges Ethics Committee under the Judicial Service Commission. The statement from the AU drew attention of the permanent missions on provisions of the Protocol that the Court should consist of 11 judges nationals of member states of the AU, elected in an individual capacity from among jurists of high moral and character and of recognised practical, judicial or academic competence and experience in the field of human and peoples’ rights.

According to the Protocol, no two judges should be nationals of the same state. Tanzania has no judge as of now in the AfPHPR. It had one – Justice Augustno Ramadhani who has retired. Countries with judges in the Pan African Court are Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tunisia.

(Source: Citizen Digital & Daily News)