Rwanada’s first post-genocide Chief Justice, Jean Mutsinzi, died last week after a short illness. He was 81. Justice Mutsinzi served as Chief Justice in Rwanda between 1995 and 1999, and was later a member of both the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Court of Justice and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, including a two-year term as president of this court.
The list of Justice Jean Mutsinzi’s legal and other accomplishments takes pages to encompass.
He was elected to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2006 for a renewable six year term, and served as president of that court 2008 – 2010.
He had a Doctorate in Law from the University of Brussels and an impressive number of other legal qualifications. His position on the African Court followed a lengthy term as part of the judiciary of his home country, Rwanda.