Monday 17th June 2024

Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone

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Justice Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake

Justice Dingake is a judge of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea (PNG). He is the first African to be appointed justice of the Supreme and National Courts of PNG. He is also a judge of the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone (RSCSL) appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2013. He was also appointed to the Seychelles Court of Appeal in August 2020.

Judge Dingake is a former judge of the High Court and Industrial Court of Botswana. He also taught law at the University of Botswana. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Pretoria, Cape Town and Institute of Development Labour Law, in Rome, Italy.

In January 2019 he became the first African to become a William L Beatty Jurist in Residence at the Southern Illinois University in the United States of America.

Judge Dingake has a PhD in Law from the University of Cape Town; an LLM from the University of London and an LLB from the University of Botswana. He has a number of post graduate certificates in international development studies and the political economy of development from the University of Oslo and London School of Economics.

Judge Dingake has been recognized as an exceptional and distinguished scholar by a number of Universities around the globe, including the University of Pretoria, Cape Town and James Cook University in Australia.

He is an Honorary Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town and Adjunct Professor of Law at James Cook University, Australia. He is a lead facilitator at the Judicial Institute for Africa, (JIFA) UCT, Cape Town, South Africa. He is the Chancellor of ABM University College in Botswana.

Judge Dingake is the author of several books, including: “Judges”, “Lawyers” and “In Pursuit of Justice” – all available on Amazon.

He is currently the president of the Africa Regional Judges Forum on HIV/TB, Human Rights and the Law and Co-Chairman of the African Think Tank on HIV, Health and Social Justice. Judge Dingake has authored more than seven (7) legal books.