Dr. Priscilla Schwartz
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Dr. Priscilla Schwartz

Priscilla Schwartz
Minister of Justice & Attorney General, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone

Priscilla Schwartz is a Sierra Leonean lawyer, the first woman to serve as Attorney General and Minister of Justice in Sierra Leone.From 1996 to 2006, she was State Counsel and Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in Sierra Leone. She advised on energy, telecommunications as well as petroleum and mineral mining. Schwartz played a key role in organizing the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone and Security Council visit.


Schwartz was a law professor at the University of Leicester from 2007-2012. From 2008 until 2011, she was a senior lecturer at her alma mater Queen Mary, University of London. She also lectured at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London from 2011 until 2013. Before her appointment as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, she was a senior lecturer and the Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Law Programme, at the College of Professional Services, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, United Kingdom from 2012 to 2018.


Schwartz is called to the bar in Sierra Leone. She is a barrister and solicitor at the Sierra Leone Supreme Court. Her specialties are energy law, natural resource law, international investment law, international finance law, international trade law, corporate governance, social responsibility and environmental law. She has advised governments and international companies operating in developing countries.


Dr Priscilla was named among the Inaugural List of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019 by Avance Media.

Photo Credit: World Justice Project