Thursday, 8 July 2010
Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako
Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako is a puisne Judge and in 2008 was appointed as the first female judge in the High Court of Solomon Islands.
Nkem who sees herself as an advocate for women’s rights and development assisted in mentoring legal professionals in Solomon Islands and helped to develop their potential to hold high judicial office.
Outside the courtroom, Justice Izuako worked to assist social development by mobilising local women to form the Honiara Women’s Initiative, which undertakes micro-projects for the economic and social empowerment of women and girls.
Before moving to Solomon Islands, Justice Izuako worked for more than two decades in the Nigerian judiciary, including working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to put together a Judicial Ethics Training Manual for the Nigerian judiciary. She also served previously in The Gambia for the CFTC from January 2004 to February 2006, serving as a judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal.
In March 2009, she was appointed an ad litem judge to the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, which started on 1 July and took her away from Solomon Islands and to Kenya. The tribunal, which is located in Nairobi, New York and Geneva, works to improve the UN’s system of dealing with internal grievances and disciplinary cases.