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TRRC’s Horoja Balla Gaye lambasts British legal profession for lack of diversity

By Sainey Darboe:


Despite the liberalization of educational opportunities for minorities in the legal profession in the United Kingdom, there is till room for greater diversity and inclusion.

This unvarnished assessment was made by no less than the former deputy counsel of The Gambia Truth and Reconciliation Commission Horeja Balla Gaye in a wide ranging interview with Kerr Fatou.


She observed:

“I went to the UK in 1999, by 2001 I’d finished sixth form and then went to university. The rest of my education was pretty much in the UK. I wanted to be a lawyer to defend people. So I did the bar in London for one year at BPP law school.

I was 22 years old when I was called to the bar. The big thing about being called to the bar in the UK-it sounds prestigious-it’s a very expensive thing to do as well but there are also certain challenges, certain things about the UK system. It’s not as diverse as you would hope for it to be”.




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