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Judge Laïty Kama


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Judge Laïty Kama was born in 1939 in Dakar where he began his career in the legal profession. He successively held the following positions: Examining Judge in Diourbel (1969 to 1973); Deputy Prosecutor in Dakar (1973 to 1974) and Prosecutor in Thiès (1974 to 1978).

Judge Kama subsequently served as Advocate-General at the Dakar Court of Appeal and at the Court of Assizes for 15 years. In 1992, he was appointed Principal Advocate-General at the Cour de Cassation. He participated in the creation of the Senegalese National School of Administration and Magistracy where he subsequently taught for 20 years. As an expert, he represented Africa in the Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Commission on Arbitrary Detention. He also chaired the committee charged with drafting the new Penal Code of Benin. From 1983 to 1990, he was a member of the Senegalese Delegation to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva and also served on the Executive Council of the International Criminal Law Association from 1989 to 2001. He sat on the International Advisory Board to the International Human Rights Education, Monitoring and Training Program at Hamline University in the United States.

Judge Laïty Kama was the first President of ICTR (1995 to 1999). He died in Nairobi, Kenya on 6 May 2001.