Sanji Monageng- First Motswana to serve as Judge of International Criminal Court( ICC)

  • ICC Judge from 2009- 2018.

Sanji Monageng , born in Serowe ,1950 , by far one of Botswana ‘s finest exports to the world not only inthe areas of law ,but leadership, advocacy ,human rights and conflict resolution.

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She served as First Vice-President of the International Crimanal Court from 2012 to 2015.

Assigned to the Appeals Division; previously served in the Pre-Trial Division. Called to full time duty on 8 June 2009.

Prior to joining the ICC in 2009, Judge Monageng served as a High Court Judge in the Republic of Gambia and then the Kingdom of Swaziland, responsible for criminal and civil cases as well as constitutional matters.

• April 2008-2009 : Justice Sanji Monageng was working as a judge of the High Court of the Kingdom of Swaziland, recruited by the Commonwealth Secretariat, under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation.


As a Judge of the High Court, she was responsible for trying criminal and civil cases, as well as constitutional matters.

• 2006-2008 :Justice Sanji Monageng served as a Judge of the High Court of the Republic of the Gambia, recruited by the Commonwealth Secretariat, under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation. As a Judge she was responsible for the trial of criminal cases predominantly and, on certain instances, civil cases. She presided over appeals from Magistrates Courts.

• 1997-2006 :Justice Monageng served as Executive Secretary of the Law Society of Botswana.

• 2003- 2009 : Justice Monageng served as a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and was Chairperson in 2007

• 1987- 1997 : Served as a magistrate in the Republic of Botswana.

She is a member of many international organisations including the International Association of Women Judges, the International Commission of Jurists and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Botswana for many years.

In 1994 she was appointed Deputy Chief Litigation Officer in the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa.

Justice Monageng was seconded to the Law Society of England and Wales, London, United Kingdom, for three months in 2005, where she acquired extensive experience and best practices in the running of the Law Society office, law firms and the Court system. Thetraining also included issues of regulation and representation of the legal profession.

She obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Botswana, and started her legal career as a Magistrate in Botswana.

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