Hon. Florence Rita Arrey

Judge Florence Rita Arrey

Country: Cameroon

Court: International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

Elected 2003
Vice-President (January-July 2012)
Served in the panel for 20 cases

Positions Held:
Judge of the Supreme Court of Cameroon (2000 – 2003)
Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal (1990 – 2000)
Vice President of the Court of Appeal and Judge of the High Court (1984 – 1990)
Advocate General of the Court of Appeal (1980 – 1984)
President of the Court of First Instance (1976 – 1980)
State Counsel (1974 – 1976)

Notable Firsts:
The first woman to hold the post of Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal
Rendered some landmark decisions on women’s rights: the right to own property, Alice Fodje v. Ndansi Kette; a widow’s right to inherit her husband’s property, Ngongnassa v. Ngongnassa; and the right of a girl child to administer her late father’s estate (Right to Succession).

Other Experience:
President and founder of the Cameroon Association of Women Judges
President of the Cameroon Chapter of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association.
Member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
Member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) 1994; Member of the Board of Directors 2008 – 2012; current Vice President
Attended seminars and workshops organized by FIDA on The Training of Trainers on Pro-democracy and Human Rights
Attended IAWJ Biennial Conferences in Panama 2008, Seoul 2010, London 2012, and Arusha 2014, and the IAWJ Regional Conference in Arusha in 2009
Participated in the NAWJ Conference in Newark in 2011
Participated in the Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of CEDAW and the
Convention on the Rights of the Child organized by the UN Division for the Advancement of Women in Vienna in 1999

Expertise: Criminal Law, International Law and Human Rights

Education:
Diploma in Magistracy in Cameroon
Studied law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and the University of London


Born in 1948, Florence Rita Arrey has served as a judge on the ICTR for nine years and been on the panel of 20 cases. She was a Judge on the Cameroonian Supreme Court prior to joining the ICTR. Before that, she was the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for ten years, the first Cameroonian woman to hold the post. She was also President of the Court of First Instance and practiced as State Counsel prior to appointment to the bench.

Judge Arrey studied law at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and the University of London, and obtained a Diploma in Magistracy in Cameroon. She has attended many conferences on criminal justice, international law, and women’s rights. She is a member of several law associations such as the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association and Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. She is also President of the Cameroonian chapter of the International Association of Women Judges.

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