Janet Nosworthy

Judge Nosworthy, currently serving on the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, was called to the Bar of Gray's Inn, London in 1972 and worked until 2005, mainly in Jamaica, as a prosecutor, defence counsel and lecturer. Her experience as a criminal Defence Counsel between 1974-8 and 1981-2005, included representation in the Jamaican Supreme Court (Criminal Circuit Division), Gun Court and Court of Appeal, including appearing in matters involving constitutional challenges to the validity of mandatory death and life sentences, and in other cases of human rights violations. On an on-going basis she appeared as a Defence Counsel in serious criminal matters under the public legal aid defence scheme. 

Judge Nosworthy has also participated in training advocates, young lawyers and students in continuing legal education and advocacy courses, and was active in the Bar Association and Advocates Association of Jamaica. She also worked with IAWJ on its Global Leadership of Women project (GLOW). 

Between 2005 and 2009, before joining the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Nosworthy served as an Ad Litem Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in trial, pre-trial, and sentencing cases in Prosecutor v Delic, Prosecutor v Martic, Prosecutor v Milutinovic and Prosecutor v Rajic. Most recently, she authored a chapter that serves as the Epilogue for the 2021 Oxford University Press book (edited by Freya Baetens), Identity and Diversity on the International Bench: Who is the judge?  Judge Nosworthy’s contribution is entitled: Diversity, Inclusion and Legitimacy in International Courts and Tribunals: Insights from Within, Perspectives from the Periphery- An Island Girl Speaks.”

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