Irene Chirwa Mambilima

Justice Irene Chirwa Mambilima is Zambia’s first female Chief Justice and was appointed in February 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia, a Post Graduate Diploma in Law Practice from the Law Practice Institute in Lusaka now known as the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London.

 Justice Mambilima is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, the Council of Law Reporting and the Child Fund Zambia. She has worked in various capacities in Government including as a State Advocate under the Attorney General’s Chambers and as the Director of Legal Aid in Zambia. She has also previously served as Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court Judge and High Court Judge.

 As the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia, she presided over the 2006 and 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections and the 2015 presidential by-election. Justice Mambilima has participated in various election observer missions in Mozambique, Kenya, Seychelles and she led the EISA Election Observation Mission to the presidential elections in Liberia. Justice Mambilima is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum.

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