Hassan Bubacar Jallow was sworn in as the Chief Justice of The Gambia on 15 February 2017, after being appointed by newly elected President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow. He is also the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) (2003-2015), the former Prosecutor of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (2012-2016).
He studied law in Tanzania, Nigeria and Great Britain and previously worked as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in The Gambia (1984-1994) and as Justice of the Gambian Supreme Court (1998-2002), Judge of the Appeals Chamber, UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (2002), Judge Ad Litem of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2001), and Judge of the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal. He has served as a legal consultant to the UN, the Organisation of African Unity, the African Union and the Commonwealth on various matters, including governance, human rights, public law, international law and international criminal justice. He has published various books and papers on his subject of expertise and is the author of “Journey for Justice” (2012). He was made Commander of the National Order of the Republic of The Gambia (CRG) in 1985.
Justice Jallow is a member of the Gambian and the Nigerian Bar Associations, as well as being a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIARB) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP). He is Co-Chair of the World Justice Project, a member of the Advisory Council for a Convention on Crimes against Humanity, and a member of the Commonwealth Judges and Magistrates Association.