The Uganda jurist on ICJ.. The first black woman to hold such post. The woman who was has been criticized by many since She voted against all the provisional measures, and was the only permanent judge to vote against any of the measures. The Ministry of foreign affairs has even disowned her decision. According to ugnews24’s Samuel Mary Yiga brings to you her biography in her life experience
✓Julia Sebutinde was born on 28 February 1954 (70yrs) in the Kiwafu Village, Entebbe.
✓He is a Ugandan jurist.
✓She is currently serving her second term on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) following her re-election on 12 November 2020.
✓She is the current chancellor of Muteesa I Royal University, a university owned by Buganda kingdom.
✓She has been a judge on the court since March 2012.
✓She is the first African woman to sit on the ICJ.
✓Before being elected to the ICJ, Sebutinde was a judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
👉She was appointed to that position in 2007.
✓Sebutinde was born to a civil servant and a housewife with the Semambo surname.
👉Sebutinde’s mother was a civil servant and a housewife.
👉Sebutinde came from a modest family, one without a wealthy background, and many people see this as a greater indicator of how hard she has worked throughout her life.
👉Her parents worked hard and sacrificed so that their children could attend the best schools in Uganda.
👉She was born into a period where Uganda was actively fighting for independence from the British colonial office.
✓She attended the Lake Victoria Primary School in Entebbe in the 1960s.
👉She then joined Gayaza High School and later King’s College Budo, before entering Makerere University to study law.
✓Sebutinde graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1977.
✓She obtained the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1978.
✓In 1990, she enrolled at the Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh for her Master of Laws, graduating in 1991.
✓In 2009, in recognition of her body of work and contribution to international justice, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Edinburgh.
✓Julia Sebutinde first worked in the Ministry of Justice in the Government of Uganda from 1978 until 1990.
✓After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1991, she worked in the Ministry of the Commonwealth in the United Kingdom.
✓She later joined the Ministry of Justice in the Republic of Namibia, which had just attained Independence at that time.
✓In 1996, she was appointed Judge of the High Court of Uganda.
✓In that capacity, she presided over three commissions of inquiry related to the following government departments:
👉Corruption in the Uganda Police.
👉Corruption in the Uganda People’s Defence Force
👉Corruption in the Uganda Revenue Authority
✓Justice Sebutinde held the position of Chancellor of the International Health Sciences University, in Kampala, from 2008 to 2017.
✓In 2005 Justice Julia Sebutinde was appointed, with secondment from the Ugandan government, to the Special Court on Sierra Leone, established by the United Nations.
✓ She was later appointed the Presiding Judge in Courtroom II, at that time responsible for hearing the case against former Liberian strongman, Charles Taylor.
👉 In that position she refused to attend a disciplinary hearing against Taylor’s lawyer.
✓In the ICJ judges election, Sebutinde was one of eight candidates for five vacant judicial seats on the International Court of Justice, having been nominated by the national groups of Croatia, Denmark, and Uganda in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
👉 In the election, a successful candidate needs an absolute majority of votes both in the United Nations General Assembly and in the United Nations Security Council.
👉On the first day of voting, four candidates were elected but the fifth position was not filled.
👉 When voting adjourned, Abdul Koroma, the incumbent from Sierra Leone, had received 9 votes out of 15 in the Security Council, with 8 votes needed to elect.
👉Over in the General Assembly, after five rounds of voting, Julia Sebutinde, the contender, had received 97 votes out of 193, with 97 votes needed to elect.
👉 When balloting resumed on 13 December 2011, Sebutinde received an absolute majority of votes in both the Security Council and the General Assembly, and thus was declared elected.
✓She was elected for a second term at the ICJ in March 2021.
✓Sebutinde was one of the 17 judges ruling on provisional measures in the case Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).
👉She voted against all the provisional measures, and was the only permanent judge to vote against any of the measures.
👉Her dissenting opinion concluded that the dispute in question was essentially political rather than legal, and there was no plausible basis for finding genocidal intent on the part of Israel.
👉😉 The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs subsequently released a statement that it supported South Africa’s position and that Sebutinde’s vote “does not in any way, reflect the position of the Government of the Republic of Uganda”.
✓Julia Sebutinde is married to John Bagunywa Sebutinde; they have two daughters.