Khalida Rashid Khan

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Khalida Rachid Khan is a Pakistani judge who became the first female judge in the Superior Judiciary of Pakistan. She also served as the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born on 25 September 1949 in Peshawar, Pakistan.[2] Judge Khan obtained a master's degree in Law in 1969 and an M.A. in Political sciences in 1973.[3]


She was inducted into the provincial Judiciary in 1974 of North West Frontier Province as a Civil Judge. She then became a Senior Civil Judge, District and Sessions Judge and elevated as a judge of High Court Peshawar (Pakistan) in June 1994. She had also held many administrative positions, such as Registrar Peshawar High Court and Secretarial positions in the Justice and Law Department, NWFP.[3]

She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, U.S. and attended many international conferences. She contributed a paper to the Asia/South Pacific Regional Judicial Colloquium in Hong Kong on May 20, 1996, under the heading “Women and Human Rights in the Asia/Pacific Region, A perspective from South Asia". She presented a paper on “Judicial Creativity in Action” in Dublin, Ireland at the 6th Biennial Conference of International Association of Women Judges in May 2002. She has extensively worked to eradicate child labour in Pakistan and South Asia.[3]

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda[edit]

Judge Rachid Khan is an international judge and was appointed as president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ "Judge Khalida Rashid: A Pakistani to be proud of". The Express Tribune. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Judge Khalida Rachid Khan". ICTR Basic Documents and Case Law. ICTR. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "UN Secretary General Appoints New Permanent Judge to the ICTR". United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals Legacy website of the ICTR. United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Retrieved 28 July 2016.