Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa Elected to the ICC

On 06 December 2017, long time IAWJ member, Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa, was elected as a judge to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Justice Bossa will serve a nine-year term on the international court. While sitting as a judge on Uganda’s High Court, Justice Bossa participated in IAWJ’s two-week training program, Jurisprudence of Equality, where she applied international conventions to cases alleging crimes of discrimination and violence against women in Entebbe, Uganda in 1998.


Justice Bossa  previously served on the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, where she tried Hutu tribal members who were accused of grave human rights violations. When ICTR officially closed in 2001, Justice Bossa accepted a five-year appointment to the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. During this time, Justice Bossa was also appointed to the East African Court of Justice, making her the first woman to receive such an appointment.

Justice Bossa has continued to try important matters of human rights during the past three years that she has spent on the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. The IAWJ is honored to have Justice Bossa as a part of its membership and would like to congratulate her on this achievement.


Out of the six available positions, five were filled by female nominees. IAWJ is glad to see a continued representation of women judges on the ICC bench. Congratulations to all of the elected judges.