Aminatta N'gum

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Aminatta N'gum shakes hands with US President Barack Obama . Second from right is her husband, Alieu N'gum . 2010

Aminatta N'gum ( Aminatta Lois Runeni N'gum , born Annie Lois Runeni Ruredzo on June 7, 1953 in Salisbury, now Harare ) is a Zimbabwean - Gambian judge.


She went to school in Penhalonga until 1972 . He then studied at Keele University in Great Britain and graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in law and sociology. There she was a member of Amnesty International .

In September 2005, she obtained a Master of Laws in international law with a specialization in international criminal law .

Professional career

From 1980 she worked for the Gambian judiciary in various areas. From 1994 to 1998 and 2009/2010 she worked as a lawyer and from 1994 to 1999 gave courses at the Gambia Technical Training Institute .

From July 1999 to September 2009 she worked as a judicial officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in various positions in Arusha and The Hague . In January 2009 she was proposed but not elected as a judge for the International Criminal Court .

In November 2010 she was appointed judge at the Gambian Supreme Court . She was also a judge at the Court of Appeal .

In September 2011 it was proposed by the Gambian government for the International Residual Mechanism for the Ad Hoc Criminal Courts (IRMTC) and elected in December 2012 by the General Assembly of the United Nations .


On February 6, 1981, she married Alieu Momodou N'gum , whom she had met while studying in 1974, and thereby acquired Gambian citizenship. At the same time she converted from Christian to Muslim faith. The two have three grown children, Mignone, Momodom and Sohna. Her son Jibril died in a traffic accident in 2011.

Her mother tongue is Shona . She also speaks Wolof , English and French.

N'gum is a founding member of the Gambia Women Finance Association and of Soroptimist Banjul, where she was chairman in 1992/1993, and is involved in other organizations.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gambian Judge Finds Resilience, Not Recovery, from Tragedy. Retrieved January 14, 2019 .