Initiative on Apex Court Appointments / Member, High-Level Advisory Panel

Mathilda Twomey

Mathilda Twomey is a native of Seychelles. She holds a BA in English and French Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Diplôme de Droit Français from the Université de Paris-Sud at Sceaux. She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales and practised in Seychelles as a barrister. She graduated with an LLM in Public Law and subsequently a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was a member of the Seychelles Constitutional Commission in 1993 which was charged with drafting the third constitution of Seychelles. She was appointed judge at the Seychelles Court of Appeal in 2011 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Seychelles in 2015.

She is a bencher of Middle Temple. She was Chair of the Civil Code Revision Commission and is now Chair of the Child Law Reform Committee in Seychelles. She is a member of the advisory board of the Global Judicial Initiate Network of the UNODC. She also chairs the Seychelles Legal Information Institute which reports judgments of courts in Seychelles and laws based on the principle of free access to law.

She has published widely including her monograph “Legal métissage in a micro jurisdiction: the mixing of Common Law and Civil Law in Seychelles”. Her most recent publication is with Joelle Barnes “Through a glass darkly: Reflections on 25 years of Constitutional Litigation in Seychelles”. She now lives in Seychelles but visits Ireland often to spend time with her partner, film producer and director Steve Woods, and her four children, Seán, Dominique, Camille and Aoibhín.

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