Peter Shivute

Peter Sam Shivute (born 25 September 1963) is a Namibian judge. He has been the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Namibia in Windhoek since 1 December 2004, and he is the first black Namibian to occupy that post.[1]

His Lordship

Peter Shivute
Chief Justice of Namibia
Assumed office
1 December 2004
DeputyPetrus Damaseb
Preceded byJohan Strydom
Personal details
Born (1963-09-25) 25 September 1963
Ovamboland, Namibia
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
University of Warwick

Early life and education

Shivute was born in Ovamboland in northern Namibia. At the age of 16 he went into exile, continuing his secondary school education in Zambia.[1]

While still in Zambia he received a Diploma in Legal Studies with distinction in 1986.[2] He left Zambia for the United Kingdom where he obtained an LL.B (Honors) from Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge in 1991. After working in now independent Namibia for four years he returned to the UK to complete the LL.M from University of Warwick in 1996. Shivute further holds a Diploma in Development Studies and Management.[1]

Peter Shivute was appointed magistrate in the Judicial Service of the Republic of Zambia in 1987, barely 24 years old.[2] On his return from exile he served as magistrate in the Namibian Judiciary from 1991 to 2000, as Judge, later Judge President, of the High Court.[1]

On 1 December 2004 Shivute was appointed Chief Justice of Namibia, the highest judge that heads the Supreme Court. He is the fourth Namibian Chief Justice, succeeding Johan Strydom who retired in 2003. He further is the chairman of the Judicial Service Commission and the Board of Legal Education.[2] In 2002, he chaired the Third Delimitation Commission of Namibia, a body that infrequently decides on the administrative division of the country.[3]

Shivute frequently publishes on politics, human rights, and the law in Namibia.[4] He is married to judge Naomi Shivute.[1]


  1. "Resumé of Chief Justice Peter Shivute". Supreme Court of Namibia. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  2. "24 International Events for Education of World Unity" (PDF). CMS Bulletin (3). December 2007.
  3. Matundu-Tjiparuro, Mae (28 February 2011). "Khomas Region, a constitutional, political and geographical hybrid". Focus on: Khomas Region. supplement to New Era. p. 3.
  4. Hofmann, Eberhard (22 April 2008). "Rechtsstaat braucht unabhängige Justiz" [State needs independent judiciary]. Allgemeine Zeitung (in German).
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