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Mohamed Chande Othman (born 1 January 1952) is a Tanzanian lawyer and a former Chief Justice of Tanzania.

The Hon. Chief Justice

Mohamed Chande Othman
Chief Justice of Tanzania
In office
28 December 2010 – 18 January 2017
Appointed byJakaya Kikwete
Preceded byAugustino Ramadhani
Succeeded byIbrahim Hamis Juma
Personal details
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 67)
Tanganyika Territory
Alma materUDSM
Webster University Geneva
The Hague Academy of International Law

Internationally he is highly respected for his deep understanding of political, legal and other dimensions relating to International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, Criminal Law and Evidence, and Peacekeeping. He held various positions as expert advisor and UN prosecutor at criminal tribunals such as the UNDP Cambodia, the East Timor (UNTAET), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), UN Human Rights Council for a) the Israel-Lebanon Armed Conflict and b) the Southern Sudan.

Currently he is head of the UN Independent Panel of Experts that examine new information on Dag Hammarskjölds death.[1]




United Nations High Level positions[3]Edit

Tanzania Justice Department positionsEdit

  • Chief Justice of Tanzania (Dec. 2010 – Jan. 2017 )[10][11]
  • High Court Judge (Dec. 2003 – Oct. 2004)
  • Appeal Court Judge (Aug. 2004 – Feb. 2008)

Other Legal and Professional experienceEdit


  • Accountability for International Humanitarian law Violations: The Case of Rwanda and East Timor, Springer Publishers, Heidelberg, Germany, 2005[15]
  • 'The Framework of Prosecutions and the Court System in East Timor' in New Approaches in International Criminal Justice, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, 2003[16]
  • "Defense Practices and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal", in Bohlander, M, Boed, R, Wilsn, R.J, (Eds.) Defense in International Criminal Proceedings, Transitional Publishers Inc., N.Y, 2006
  • The Protection of Refugee Witnesses by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, International Journal of Refugee Law, Volume 14, No.4, May 2003[17]
  • The Gulf Wars and Termination of Captivity for Prisoners of War, Revue de Droit International des Sciences Diplomatiques et Politiques (The International Law Review) Jan-Mars 1993, 11-36, Geneva, 1993

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Death of Dag Hammarskjöld | United Nations Archives". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  2. ^ "Report of the Search Committee for the Position of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court" (PDF). International Criminal Court, Assembly of States Parties | ICC-ASP/10/INF.2/Add.1. pp. 7–8.
  3. ^ "Serach 'Mohamed Chande Othman'".
  4. ^ "Dag Hammarskjold Plane Crash: Recent Developments". United Nations Association: Westminster Branch UK (UNA Westminster).
  5. ^ a b "Lebanon Homepage". Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
  6. ^ "Human Rights Council appoints experts to High-Level Commission of Inquiry into situation in Lebanon". reliefweb. 2006-09-01.
  7. ^ "Highlight 4 March 2011 | United Nations Secretary-General". 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  8. ^ "UN Expert urges Sudanese Government to investigate recent Attacks on Civilians in Northern Darfur". European Country of Origin Information Network ( | Document ID: 1017428 (former ID 146810) | HR10/150E. 2010-09-14.
  9. ^ "The challenges of prosecuting and defending war criminals". The Irish Times. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  11. ^ "Kikwete appoints Othman as new Chief Justice". Mwananchi Communications. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  12. ^ "AKU search results for "Othman"". Aga Khan University (AKU).
  13. ^ "Posts tagged as "Mohamed Chande Othman"". Africa Group for Justice and Accountability - Wayamo Foundation.
  14. ^ "Africa Group for Justice and Accountability". Facebook.
  15. ^ Othman, Mohamed (2005). Accountability for International Humanitarian Law Violations: The Case of Rwanda and East Timor. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Publishers Berlin Heidelberg. pp. XIV, 384. ISBN 978-3-540-26081-3.
  16. ^ Ambos, Kai; Othman, Mohamed Chande (2003). New approaches in international criminal justice : Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone and Cambodia (PDF). Band 11 (Interdisziplinäre Untersuchungen aus Strafrecht und Kriminologie ed.). Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: Ed. Iuscrim, Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law. pp. 85–112. ISBN 3-86113-057-2.
  17. ^ "The 'Protection' of Refugee Witnesses by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda". Oxford Academic, International Journal of Refugee Law (Volume 14 | Issue 4 | ed.). pp. 495–508.