Commissioner Jamesina Essie Leonora King is a Sierra Leonean, a Court of Appeal Judge and the Vice President of the Industrial Court in Sierra Leone. She was a former Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and served in the Commission for ten years (2006 - 2016). She was also the first Chairperson of the Commission.
She is currently a Commissioner in the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and took the oath of office in November 2015. At the Commission she is the Chairperson of the Working Group on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Africa, Chairperson of the Committee on Resolutions, a member of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, the Environment and Human Rights Violations and a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Communities/Populations in Africa.
She obtained her first degree at the University of Sierra Leone and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center in the U.S.A.