The Hon. Justice Enoch Mulembe was born on 20th November, 1968. Justice Mulembe graduated from the University of Zambia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) with merit. He was admitted to the Zambian Bar on 30th December, 1993. In June 1996, Justice Mulembe obtained a Masters’ Degree in International Law (MIL) from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Lund, Sweden. He also holds a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in the International Protection of Human Rights from the Institute for Human Rights, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland (2000) and a Certificate in University Teaching and Research in Human Rights (CiedHu) from the International Institute of Human Rights/International Centre for University Human Rights Teaching, Strasbourg, France, (1999).
Mr. Justice Mulembe is a Judge of the Constitutional Court, having been appointed to the position on 11th March, 2016. Prior to this current appointment, Justice Mulembe served as Director and C.E.O – Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (2013 to 2016); Director – Human Rights Commission (2004 to 2013); Chief of Research and Planning – Human Rights Commission (1998 to 2004); Lecturer, School of Law, University of Zambia (1996 to 2002); Staff Development Fellow (SDF) School of Law, University of Zambia (1994 to 1996).
Justice Mulembe’s major interest over the years has been in the teaching of human rights law. He has taught on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in full-time and part-time capacities at various universities including the University of Zambia, University of Lusaka and the Copperbelt University’s Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace Studies (DHIPS). Justice Mulembe was also Visiting Lecturer in the School of Law, Department of Environmental Law, University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA, from June to August 1997. He has also conducted guest lectures in human rights law at the Zambia Police Training College, Anti-Corruption Commission and Drug Enforcement Commission and the National Institute for Public Administration. Justice Mulembe has also published and presented several papers and booklets in the field of human rights law.
From June 2011 to June 2013, Justice Mulembe also served as one of the 10 pioneer international independent experts of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances, a Treat Body monitoring State party compliance with, and implementation of, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Justice Mulembe also served as the Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) from 2007 to 2010 and provided leadership for the drafting of a new Bill of Rights as part of the national exercise to draft a new Republican Constitution. Justice Mulembe is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA).