Hon’ble Dr. Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja

Hon’ble Dr. Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja

Judge President, East African Court of Justice, Arusha, Tanzania

Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja is the current and 4th President of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). He was appointed Judge of Appeal by the Summit of the EAC Heads of State in November 2013 and subsequently, appointed the Judge President of the EACJ in June 2014. His Lordship was appointed for seven years tenure.


Justice Ugirashebuja focuses on the role of the Court to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the Treaty. His Lordship aims at achieving the Vision and Mission of the Court as well as its Core Values.


Previously, Justice Ugirashebuja was a Dean of the Law School, University of Rwanda; Member of the Superior Council of Judiciary; Member of the Supreme Council of Prosecution; Senior Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda; Member of Team of Experts in the East African Community on Fears, Challenges and Concerns towards the East African Political Federation; Legal Advisor at the Rwanda Environment Authority; and Legal Advisor at the Rwandan Constitution Commission. He has given lectures at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Dar es Salaam, to the Rwanda Senior Command and Staff and at the Rwanda National Police College.


His Lordship is an expert and arbitrator in both national and international arbitrations. He is also an author of several academic and conference papers.