Judge Bakone Justice Moloto

South Africa

Judge Bakone Justice Moloto is a South African former lawyer, now a Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”).

Judge Moloto started his legal career as a defence attorney, practising as a sole practitioner for seven years, starting in 1978. In 1985, he teamed up with four other defence lawyers for two years before joining the Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Centre as its Director where he served for five years.

In 1993, Judge Moloto joined the national electricity company as in-house counsel. It was while with the electricity company that, in 1995, judge Moloto was called to the Bench where he then served in a newly-established court specializing in adjudicating land claims by people whose land had been unlawfully expropriated during the apartheid era. He served in this capacity for seven years, the last two double-hatting as Lands Claims Court Judge and Supreme Court Judge.

In 2005 Judge Moloto was seconded by the South African Government to the ICTY.

During his tenure at the ICTY, Judge Moloto presided over the cases of Prosecutor v. Milan Martić, Prosecutor v. Rasim Delić, Prosecutor v. Momčilo Periš, and the re-trial of Prosecutor v. Ramush Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj. He is currently a member of the Bench hearing the case of Prosecutor v. Ratko Mladić.