Hon. Sanji Monageng

Hon. Sanji Monageng

Country: Botswana

Court: International Criminal Court (ICC)

First Vice-President of the ICC (elected to a 3-year term on March 11, 2012)
Appeals Division (2012 – present)
President of the Appeals Division (April 2014 – present)
Pre-Trial Division (2009 – 2012)
Elected to a 9-year term on the ICC, March 11, 2009

Positions Held:
Judge, High Court of the Kingdom of Swaziland, responsible for  criminal and civil cases  (employed
as an expert judge by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK) (2008 and 2009)
Judge, High Court of the Republic of Gambia (employed as an expert judge by the Commonwealth
Secretariat, London, UK) (2006 and 2007)
Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (2003 – 2009); Chairperson
(2007 – 2009); Chair of the ACHPR’s Follow-up Committee on torture, inhumane, degrading and
other treatment (2003 – 2007)
Deputy Chief Litigation Officer in the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa (1994)
Magistrate in Botswana (1987 – 1997)

Other Experience:
Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Botswana
A member of many international organizations, including the International Association of Women Judges, International Commission of Jurists, and International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law
Emang Basadi – a women’s organization in Botswana
Areas of expertise include women’s human rights issues, indigenous peoples and communities, and torture
and children

Education:
Bachelor of Laws degree, University of Botswana
Many short courses in legal and other areas

 Awards:
Presidential Order of Honor (PH), awarded for efficient and devoted service to the Republic of Botswana by His Excellency the President of Botswana (September 30, 2013)
Human Rights Award, awarded by the International Association of Women Judges for an exemplary judicial career in the pursuit of “Justice for All,” while serving on national and international courts; commitment to protect and promote human rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights without discrimination; and distinguished service on national and international human rights institutions (2014)


On March 11, 2009, Judge Monageng was elected to a nine-year term on the ICC. On March 11, 2012, she was elected to a three-year term as First Vice-President of the Court. She served in the Pre-Trial Division, and from March 2012, she was deployed to the Appeals Division.

She began her career as a Magistrate in Botswana. In 1994, she was elected as Deputy Chief Litigation Officer in the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa. Between 2003 and 2009, she served as a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; in 2007, she was appointed as the Commission’s chairperson. She also chaired the ACHPR’s Follow-up Committee on torture, inhumane, degrading and other treatment, among others. Before joining the ICC, she served as a High Court judge in the Kingdom of Swaziland, responsible for criminal and civil cases. Prior to that, she served on the High Court of the Republic of Gambia in the same capacity. In these capacities, she was employed as an expert judge by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK. Her areas of expertise include women’s human rights issues, indigenous peoples and communities, and torture and children. She was also the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Botswana and is a member of many international organizations; these include the International Association of Women Judges, the International Commission of Jurists, and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.

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