Chinese Supreme Court Hires Retired Justice Katureebe

Barely six months after his retirement as Chief Justice of Uganda, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe has earned himself a prestigious international appointment.

The Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) has appointed the Chief Justice Emeritus Katureebe as a member of its Expert Committee on adjudication of international commercial disputes for the next four years.

“Bart Magunda Katureebe is appointed as a member of the International Commercial Court Expert Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China for a four-year term, from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2024,” his appointment note read, in part.

The Expert Committee was established in August 2018 in order to ensure fair and effective operation of the China International Commercial Court (CICC) – an organ of SPC established to adjudicate international commercial disputes.

The Committee is comprised of 31 “leaders of important international organizations, legal experts, eminent scholars, experienced judges, outstanding lawyers” selected from different countries and legal systems.

Functions of the Committee include mediating international commercial disputes upon parties’ designation, providing expert opinion on applicable foreign laws and international conventions if entrusted by the CICC, and giving advice on future development of the CICC.

“Taking account of your recognized expertise and extensive experiences in legal fields, I am therefore writing on behalf of CICC to invite you as candidate member of the Committee,” read Justice Katureebe’s invitation letter from SPC.

At the December 8, 2020 prestigious appointment ceremony held in Shenzhen, China, Justice Katureebe, who attended virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, made an eight-minute speech. He largely shared his opinion and experience about the operations of Commercial Courts.

“I am profoundly excited about this appointment, for it is a high-level Committee that will keep me professionally connected,” he said.

Justice Katureebe, who officially retired as Chief Justice on June 20, 2020 after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70, has since been replaced by his former deputy, Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo. The Uganda Judiciary held a farewell ceremony for him on December 4, 2020 in Kampala.

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