Elsie Nwanwuri Thompson is from Nigeria and was elected to the Court for a term of six years on 27th July 2010. She is a serving Judge of the High Court of Rivers State Nigeria. Called to the English bar in 1984 after an LLB Honours degree from the Queen Mary College University of London and Nigerian bar in 1985.
Judge Thompson, prior to her appointment as a High Court Judge was in active private legal practice for 20 years and worked on human rights cases. She has served in several associations notably the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) were she held several posts including Regional Vice President for Africa.
Judge Thompson is a resource person at seminars and conferences. She has presented several papers on women and children’s rights as well as other topical legal issues.
She is a member of the honourable society of Gray’s Inn and also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK.