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Nigerian woman sworn in to the High Court

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 6, 2008) – The country’s first female Puisne judge for the High Court was sworn in at the Government House yesterday.

She is Justice Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako of Nigera.

Justice Izuako arrived in the country on Monday as a new Puisne judge for the High Court.

She holds the following qualification:

(LLM) - 1979 - 1980 at the Obafemi-Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria;

(B.L) - 1976 - 1977 at the Nigeria Law School;

(LLB) - Hons. 1972 - 1976 at the Obafemi-Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria.

She was enrolled as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigera in 1977.

Justice Izuako has extensive work experience including:

Consultant and Trainer for UNODC (Nigeria Office) on Judicial Ethics for High Court Judges and other Judicial Officers, Police Prosecutors and Investigators in 2007.

Consultant for UNDP (Nigeria) on evaluation of UNDP governance projects, November - December 2006.

Judge of the High Court of Gambia 2004 - 2006

Lecturer, Diploma Law Programme, Gambia Technical Institute 2004 - 2005.

Judge of the High Court of Anambra State 1998 - 2003.

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law Nndmdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria 1999 - 2003.

She had also worked as a Senior Magistrate of the Anambra State, Nigeria from August 1982 - November 1987 and Chief Magistrate from November 1987 - July 1995.

She was in private legal practice in the Chambers of A.N. Anyamene (SAN) from 1980 - 1982. She also worked as State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Enugu, Nigeria from 1977 - 1979.

She has made presentations and publications in relation to:

Gender and human rights law,

Human rights issues to health, in particular malaria and HIV/AIDS,

Corruption as an enemy of human rights and

Other related human right issues.

She enjoys reading, writing, poetry and table tennis.

Registrar of High Court Nelson Laurere said Justice Izuako brings in a wealth of experience to the High Court bench.

He said she would further add to and strengthen the work of the High Court in its delivery of justice to the people of this nation.

The National Judiciary warmly welcomes her to the bench and looks forward to the contribution she will make to the work of the High Court.

A welcome ceremony for her will be made later at the High Court.

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