Journey for Justice combines autobiography with law and political memoirs to provide a fascinating account of growing up in rural Gambia and of the author’s recollections of, involvement in, and reflections on some of the major social, legal, and political issues in the Gambia during his tenure of public office in that country. This is valuable reading for all those with a serious interest in the history, politics, governance, and development of law and legal institutions in the Gambia, and indeed beyond.
Hassan Bubacar Jallow was born in Bansang, the Gambia. Educated at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the NigerianLaw School, and the University of London, he has served his country as solicitor general (1982–84), attorney general, and minister of justice (1984–94), and as a justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia (1998–2002). He was elected by the UN General Assembly as an ad litem judge of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UN-ICTY) and has served as a judge of the Appeals Chamber of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (UNSCSL) as well as a member of the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal. Justice Jallow is currently the chief prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting the principal perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. He is concurrently the chief prosecutor of the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals established in 2012 by the UN Security Council to succeed the UNICTR and the UNICTY. He is also a cochair of the World Justice Project. Justice Jallow is the author of several other publications including the Law of the African (Banjul) Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; The Law of Evidence; Law, Justice, and Governance: Selected Papers; and an Introduction to the Wird of the Tariqat Tidjanniya. He holds the award of commander of the National Order of the Republic of the Gambia (CRG). He is married to Aja FatouJaye Jallow, with five children.