Hon. Joyce Aluoch

Hon. Joyce Aluoch

Country: Kenya

Court: International Criminal Court (ICC),

Elected in 2009 from the African Group of States, List A
Chair, Advisory Committee on Legal Texts (ACLT)
President of the Trial Division (2011 – 2012)

Positions Held:
Judge of the Court of Appeal (2007 – 2009)
Judge of the High Court (1983 – 2007)
Senior Resident Magistrate (1980 – 1982)
Resident Magistrate (1977 – 1980)
District Magistrate (1974 – 1977)

Notable Firsts:
First Chair, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Established and was subsequently appointed First Chair of the Family Division of the High Court of Kenya
First Chair of the Task Force on the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act, 2006

Other Experience:
Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
Member, LL.M. Advisory Council, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Vice-Chair and member of the UN Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (2003 – 2009)
Founding member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ); IAWJ Board Member representing the Africa Region for two terms
Founding member of the Kenya Women Judges Association and honored as its Patron
Member of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association
Member of the Federation of Women Lawyers (Kenya Chapter)
Attended most Biennial Conferences of the IAWJ and the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association

Education:
Master of Arts in International Affairs (GMAP), Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, Kenya School of Law
LL.B. Degree, University of Nairobi

Awards:
Tufts University Distinguished Alumni Award (2015)
Recipient of two national awards for services rendered to the nation of Kenya, the EBS (Elder of the Burning Spear) awarded by President Daniel Arap Moi (December 12, 2000) and CBS (Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear) awarded by President Mwai Kibaki (December 12,
2010)


Judge Aluoch holds a Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, a diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law, and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (GMAP) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. Judge Aluoch was a Judge of the High Court of Kenya for over 20 years and was elevated to the Court of Appeal, then the highest court in Kenya, in 2007. She is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. As a senior judge and vice-chairperson of the Judicial Curriculum Review Committee, she has extensive experience in training judges, magistrates, and paralegals about the provisions of regional and international human rights instruments, a program she undertook in conjunction with the International Association of Women Judges. As chair of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Judge Aluoch contributed to the promotion of the rights of the child, preparing the rules of practice and procedure for the committee as well as guidelines for initial reporting to the African Committee by Member States of the African Union. Special missions undertaken by Judge Aluoch include negotiations entered into on behalf of the African Union with the Government of Sudan to ratify the African charter to secure the rights of children, and a fact-finding mission to then war-torn northern Uganda to report on the effects of the war on children. She also served for six years as vice-chair and member of the UN Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and chaired a Task Force that worked toward the implementation of the new Sexual Offences Act, 2006, aimed at developing a national policy framework and a national action plan for handling sexual offenders in Kenya. During her tenure, The Task Force developed Regulations for examination and treatment of victims of sexual offences, termed, ‘The Sexual Offences (Medical Treatment) Regulations, 2012.”

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