Monday 15th April 2024

Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone

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Justice George Gelaga King

Justice George Gelaga King (Sierra Leone) was appointed by the Government of Sierra Leone.

He has been President of the Sierra Leone Court of Appeal and of Court of Appeal of the Gambia. He served as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland from 1974 to 1978, and was at the same time Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

Between 1978 and 1980 he served as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Justice King taught law at the Sierra Leone Law School from 1990 to 2005. He is Chairman of both the Sierra Leone Law Journal and the Gambian National Council for Law Reporting, and was a member of the Sierra Leone Council of Legal Education.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He holds an LLB degree from London University, and was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, London.

In May 2007, he received Sierra Leone’s highest honour when he was named a Grand Officer of the Republic of Sierra Leone (GORSL).

He is a “Distinguished Visiting Professor” of Kingston University in Surrey, U.K.