The OUCLJ is very delighted to announce the appointment of three new patrons. The three justices, who are some of the most distinguished jurists in their respective jurisdictions, have been selected by the Editorial Board following the sad news of Lord Goff's passing and in an attempt to better represent the wide range of jurisdictions that the Journal covers.

The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond is the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Before taking up this appointment earlier this month, she had a varied career as an academic and judge, having been the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission in 1984, the first woman to become Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2004, and the first woman to become Justice of the Supreme Court.

Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi is the Presiding Judge at the High Court in Kericho, Kenya. Prior to this appointment, she was a judge at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the Kenyan High Court and held positions in private practice and at the office of the Attorney General. On a more personal level, Judge Mumbi Ngugi, who lives with albinism, has co-founded the Albinism Foundation for East Africa, which works towards the protection of people with albinism in this region.

Chief Justice Akuffo is the Chief Justice of Ghana. She has been a Justice of the Supreme Court since 1995 and was appointed as one of the first eleven judges to serve at the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in 2006, of which she became the third president in 2012.

The three new patrons will join a board of other highly distinguished patrons, namely Mr Justice Cameron (South Africa), The Hon Justice Edelman (Australia), The Hon Justice Hayne (Australia), The Rt Hon Sir Kenneth Keith (New Zealand), The Hon Justice Manohar (India), The Hon Mr Justice Ribeiro PJ (Hong Kong), The Hon Justice Sharpe JA (Canada), and The Hon Chief Justice Smellie (Cayman Islands).


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