President, Constitutional Council, 2004-2010
Mireille Ndiaye was the first woman to reach the Presidency position on the Constitutional Council in Senegal. She was born in 1939 in French Togoland. Following her birth and primary schooling, she attained her law degree from the University of Paris and upon graduation worked in several different roles within the French judiciary. She became the Deputy Judge at the Dakar Court of First Instance, Advocate General at the Dakar Court of Appeals, Advocate General for the Supreme Court, and finally, simultaneously, the President of the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation and Inspector General of Courts, both of which she held until 2001. She then became Attorney General at the Court of Cassation in 2001 and served for a year before reaching the Supreme Court of Cassation. Following that role, she became a justice on the Constitutional Council in Senegal in 2002. Eventually, she would become the first woman President of the Constitutional Council in 2004 and serve until 2010. Following her retirement from the Constitutional Council, she passed away on March 22, 2015.