Justice Jean Emile Somda is from Burkina Faso. He was elected in 2006 for a term of two years. At the time of his election, he was a member of the Constitutional Council of Burkina Faso. He studied Law and Economic Sciences at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal and obtained his Master in Laws in 1981.
He has held numerous posts, including Minister of Public Service and the Institutional Promotion of Burkina Faso, President of the Bobo-Dioulasso Court of Appeal and Legal Adviser to the Minister of Justice of Burkina Faso.