Mohamed Chande Othman

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Born1 January 1952
Tanganyika Territory
Alma materUniversity of Dar es Salaam, Webster University

Employment.png Chief Justice of Tanzania

In office
28 December 2010 - 18 January 2017

Mohamed Chande Othman (born 1 January 1952) is the former Chief Justice of Tanzania, a position he held from 28 December 2010 to 18 January 2017 after stints as both a High Court and Appeal Court Judge.[1][2]

International prosecutor

Justice Othman’s previous experience includes that of Prosecutor General of East Timor, Chief of Prosecutions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and Senior Legal Adviser to the Prosecutor of the ICTR. In addition, he has also worked with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

UN official

Under the flag of the United Nations, Justice Othman has served as:

  • Head of the UN Independent Panel of Experts, charged with the assessment and examination of new information relating to the tragic death of the former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.
  • Member of the UN Human Rights Council’s High-Level Commission of Inquiry into the Situation in Lebanon following the Israel-Lebanon Armed Conflict in 2006.
  • The UN Human Rights Council‘s Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Sudan (2009-2010).


His publications include books and peer-reviewed papers on International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, Criminal Law and Evidence, and Peacekeeping.[3]

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