years old, Dr. Conteh who hails from Sierra Leone, was educated
at King's College in London and Cambridge Universities. He
obtained a Bachelor's Degree with honours in law and a Master's
Degree from London University. In 1968, he won the Harold
Porter Prize for Land Law at King's College. He went on to
obtain the LL.B. Degree with honours and the Ph.D. Degree
from Cambridge University. He is a member of Lincoln's Inn
in London where he was called to the Bar of England and Wales
Conteh later taught law at both the University of Sierra Leone
and the Sierra Law School for many years as well as practicing
law in both his native Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
Conteh has also held several public offices in Sierra Leone:
Minister of Foreign Affairs (1977-1984); Minister of Finance
(1984-1985); Attorney-General and Minister of Justice (1987-1991)
and First Vice-President and Minister of Rural Development
(1991-1992). He was also for several years an elected Member
of Parliament in the Legislature of Sierra Leone.
Conteh was a Senior Advisor to World Space Foundation in Washington,
D. C., from 1997-1998, and a Senior Fellow at the International
Center also in Washington since 1997.
his appointment as Chief Justice, Dr. Conteh was a Civil Affairs
Officer with the United National Transitional Authority for
East Timor (UNTAET), and was in charge of Judicial Affairs
with responsibility for training lawyers and reconstituting
the judiciary in East Timor.
Conteh is married and has several children.