AfCHPR Judges - Justice Sacko Modibo

Justice Sacko Modibo


Hon. Justice Sacko Modibo is a citizen of the Republic of Mali.

Judge Modibo holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences (Mali) and four other university degrees in law obtained at the Ahmed Baba University (Mali), the Jean Moulin 3 University (France) and the Nice Sophia Antipolis University (France). He obtained a doctorate in 2019 at l’Institut de Pédagogie Universitaire in Mali. His doctoral thesis is entitled: “Fighting human rights violations in times of armed conflict: the case of Mali”. He is also the author of several publications.

He has undertaken several professional trainings, notably in the field of human rights and humanitarian issues, gender and peace support operations, as well as the prosecution and fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.

Judge Modibo currently works at the National Financial Intelligence Unit as a member magistrate. Prior to his appointment to this position in November 2020, he was Technical Advisor in charge of human rights and public liberties at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Mali,

Judge Modibo has held several other positions in the course of his career, including head of the transitional justice unit of the Justice, Prevention and Reconciliation Project at Lawyers Without Borders Canada and head of strategic litigation at the same organization.

He has also held several positions including:

  • Magistrate and judicial trainee in various jurisdictions in Mali,
  • Lecturer in international humanitarian law, criminal law, human rights law, refugee law, sociology of human rights, crimes against vulnerable persons, crimes under the Rome Statute, special criminal law, transnational organized crime and general criminal law in military schools, police schools and universities in Mali,
  • Visiting Professor during Summer Human Rights classes and International Humanitarian law of the René Cassin foundation at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Bamako session, February 2020.

He was elected judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in February 2021, for a six-year term.