As part of City’s celebration of International Women’s Day, Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah will be speaking to City Law School students and staff about Women in Law in 2020.
Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah became the first Circuit Judge of African origin when she was appointed to the South Eastern Circuit in December 2005. Prior to that, she enjoyed a successful career at the Bar and was then appointed as a full-time Imigration Judge in 2000. She studied philosophy at the University of Wales in Swansea and then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University London and the Bar Course at the Inns of Court School of Law (which later became the City Law School); she also has an LLM degree from Queen Mary, University of London. She was the first person in her family to attend university. Before her judicial appointment, Judge Mensah was a Senior Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by City, University of London.
Judge Mensah’s work primarily involves adjudicating on criminal matters, but she also sits as a judge on mental health cases.