Fatoumata Dembélé Diarra

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Fatoumata Dembélé Diarra (born 15 February 1949 in Koulikoro) is a Malian lawyer and judge. She has been a judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and has been a judge of the International Criminal Court since 2003.[1]

Diarra received a Bachelor of Laws from Dakar University and a Master of Laws from the Mali École Nationale d’Administration (national college of public administration). She is also a graduate of the École Nationale de la Magistrature in Paris.

In Mali, Diarra has been an examining magistrate, the president of the country's Assize Court, the president of the Criminal Chamber of the Bamako Appeals Court, and the national director of the Justice Department of Mali.

Prior to being elected a judge of the ICC, Diarra was a judge for the ICTY. In 2003, she was elected as one of the first judges of the ICC. Diarra's term expires in 2012. In 2009, Diarra was serving as the First Vice-President of the ICC under the president Sang-Hyun Song. Diarra is a member of the ICC's Trial Division.


  1. ^ Women in Sub Saharan Africa - Page 59 Kathleen E. Sheldon - 2005 "DIARRA, Fatoumata Dembélé (1949- ). Diarra is a judge from Mali. She was educated through high school in Mali, earned her law degree from the University of Dakar, Senegal, and pursued further legal education in France. She served in ..."

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