The Sovereign Voice Issue 2 - Page 28

ITNJ OFFICIATORS Sir John Walsh of Brannagh ITNJ CHIEF JUSTICE Sir John Walsh of Brannagh, Barrister-at-Law, was born at Greenwich, England. He has practised as an international and constitutional lawyer for the last three decades. He has been admitted to the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. In addition to his work as a Barrister, Sir John served as a Magistrate and Senior Member of an Administrative Review Tribunal for eight years and has been an Accredited Mediator for the last seventeen years. He has worked in a number of countries; including England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Holland, Ukraine, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Antigua, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. He has advised the governments of various countries around the world. Sir John is Chief Justice of the ITNJ. He is also Founder of the ITNJ Bar Association, a chapter of the Norfolk Bar Association which seeks to ensure that all Justices and Court Officers within the ITNJ adhere to the Tribunal’s founding principles. Bishop Riah Abu El Assal ITNJ TRUTH & RECONCILIATION His Grace Bishop Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal is an Israeli Palestinian Anglican bishop, who was the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem from 1998 to 2007. Abu El-Assal graduated from Nazareth Baptist School where he also taught. While at Nazareth he was a member of the PLP, the Progressive List for Peace - a joint Jewish-Arab political party which, while existing only for eight years (1984–1992) is considered to have broken many previously sacrosanct taboos and profoundly influenced subsequent Israeli politics. During his time in Nazareth he was Vicar of Christ Church, Nazareth. In 1998, Abu El-Assal became the thirteenth Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem and head of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East until his retirement on 31 March 2007 at the prescribed retirement age of 70 years. His Grace is leading the Truth & Reconciliation Commission for the ITNJ. In adherence to the essence of his life’s work he will seek to promulgate fair-play and forgiveness within the ambit of the court and its activities.