Abubacarr M. Tambadou

Mr. Abubacarr M. Tambadou is the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia. He obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Warwick in 1997, and an LLM (Merit) in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2002. He is a member of Lincoln’s Inn in the United Kingdom and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of The Gambia having been called to the Bar of England and Wales (BL) and The Gambia Bar in 1999. Until his appointment as Attorney General and Minister of Justice in February 2017, he was the Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UNMICT) for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. At the UNICTR, he was involved in the prosecution of four senior military officers implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide including the former Chiefs of Staff of the Rwandan Army and Gendarmerie. Mr. Tambadou has extensive experiences in International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, and International Criminal Law and Practice. As the Minister of Justice, Tambadou is overseeing the country’s broad transitional justice programme, including the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission. Tambadou is credited for The Gambia’s landmark case against Myanmar over the plight of the Rohingya Muslims at the International Court of Justice. He was at the centre of the first round of hearings that successfully culminated in the ICJ ordering Myanmar to stop any further targeted violence against the Muslim community. Through this case, Tambadou won several global admirations for his firm stance and advocacy on human rights and freedoms.
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