Monday, June 4, 2012

Justice Fisher to Preside Over SCSL

The Special Court for Sierra Leone reports today that Justice Shireen Avis Fisher of the United States has been elected to the position of President of that court.  Justice Fisher was appointed to the SCSL in 2009 after serving for several years in the former Yugoslavia.   She was an International Judge of the War Crimes Chamber in the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2005 to 2008 and then a Commissioner on the Kosovo Independent Judicial and Prosecutorial Commission.  At the War Crimes Chamber, Justice Fisher developed court rules for victim and witness judicial protection and the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina Advanced Judicial Education Program.
Justice Fisher began her legal career as a Public Defender in Vermont, focusing on juvenile justice cases.  In 1986, she was appointed a Superior Court Judge in Vermont, becoming the second woman to join the Vermont judiciary.  Justice Fisher holds a J.D. from Catholic University and an LLM in human rights law from University College London.  She has written and lectured extensively on public and private international law in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

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