Daniel Nsereko (LL.M. ’71, J.S.D. ’75) was sworn in on March 12 as a judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Appeals Chamber. The tribunal’s primary mandate is to try those accused of executing the February 2005 attack that killed 23 people, including Lebanon’s former prime minister, and injured many others.
Nsereko, a Ugandan, was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, although the court is independent. He was previously an appeals judge at the International Criminal Court, where he heard cases originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, the Central African Republic, and Sudan.
The former head of the University of Botswana’s Law Department, Nsereko has also taught law at Makerere University in Uganda and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. He has published an array of scholarship on criminal law and procedure, human rights, and humanitarian and international law. Apart from practicing as a criminal and civil defense attorney in superior and lower Ugandan courts, Nsereko served as a consultant to the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch of the U.N. Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs and as a trial observer for both Swaziland and Ethiopia. The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law presented him with a medal in 1996 for his contributions to international human rights and criminal law reform.
Posted on March 28, 2012