Justice Imani Aboud Appointed to African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

IAWJ congratulates IAWJ leader, Justice Imani Aboud of Tanzania, for her recent election to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She will be sworn in on August 27th at the commencement of the 50th Ordinary Session in Arusha, Tanzania, the seat of the court. Justice Aboud replaces another IAWJ member on the court, Justice Solomy Bossa, who has joined the International Criminal Court.

Justice Aboud has been a dedicated leader and active member of the IAWJ and the Tanzanian Women Judges Association. She recently served as a member of the IAWJ Board of Directors from 2016-2018 representing the African region, and as President of the Tanzania Women Judges Association from 2015-2017.  Justice Aboud shares her knowledge and leadership with fellow IAWJ members at IAWJ Biennial Conferences, global judicial forums such as a Summit on Human Trafficking at the Vatican, and IAWJ programs, including as a judicial trainer in IAWJ’s global Sextortion program, funded by the Government of the Netherlands.

Justice Aboud has a rich career in the legal and judicial field in Tanzania and in the region. Appointed as a judge in 2006, she currently sits on the High Court of Tanzania. Alongside her judicial work, she served as a Monitor to two court proceedings involving the Jean Ukwinkindi case in Rwanda in April 2015, reporting to the UN International Criminal mechanisms.

Justice Aboud’s career has had a long dedication to human rights and governance. In 2000, she was a founding member of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance in Tanzania and was a key player in laying the foundation for the establishment of the commission. Prior to becoming a judge, she was Assistant Director of the President’s Office, Public Service Management and worked as a State Attorney at the Attorney General’s Chambers.

The IAWJ is honored to have Justice Aboud as a member and deeply appreciates her leadership nationally, regionally, and internationally. We would like to congratulate her on this recent, remarkable achievement.