International Judicial Monitor
Published by the International Judicial Academy, Washington, D.C., with assistance from the
American Society of International Law

Spring 2014 Issue

Justice In Profile


Khalida Rachid Khan
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Khalida Rachid Khan

By: Maria A. Chhabria, Director of Academic Programs, International Judicial Academy

Judge Khalida Rachid Khan currently serves as Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber III of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). She was appointed as Judge of the ICTR in July 2003, and served as Tribunal’s Vice-President from May 2007 until  May 2011, when she was elevated to President of the ICTR.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established by the UN Security Council through the adoption of resolution 955 on November 8, 1994, pursuant to Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. The Tribunal was created in order to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of crimes and violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994.  The Tribunal is located in Arusha, Tanzania.

Judge Khan was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, on September 25, 1949. She earned her LL.B degree in


1969 from the Khyber Law College, and in 1971 she obtained her Masters in Political Science from the Peshawar University. In 1974, she was the first woman to be appointed as a Civil Judge in 1974 in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.

She later became a Senior Civil Judge, District & Sessions, and in June 1994, she was appointed as a Judge of High Court Peshawar (Pakistan). Again, Judge Khan was the first woman to serve as a Judge in the Superior Judiciary in Pakistan. In addition, she assumed various secretarial positions in the Justice and Law Department, NWFP, and was the Registrar of the Peshawar High Court.

Judge Khan is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, USA, and has participated in several international conferences. In May 2002, she presented a paper on Judicial Creativity in Action in Dublin, Ireland, at the 6th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Women Judges. Judge Khan also contributed to the paper on Women and Human Rights in the Asia/Pacific Region, A perspective from South Asia at the Asia/South Pacific Regional Judicial Colloquium in Hong Kong in May, 1996.

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