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Ruth Muhawe, Best Overall Student, School of Law

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Ruth has graduated at the top of her class with a CGPA of 4.38, Second Class Honors – Upper Division. She is currently pursuing her post-graduate diploma in law at the Law Development Centre. She attended Entebbe Christian School for her primary education and Kings’ College, Budo for both her O’ and A’ level.

While at the School of Law, Ruth participated in a number of other academic activities beyond the lecture room. She was an active member of the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) throughout her undergraduate studies and is a proud alumnus of the CLE Class of 2019. As a selected member of the class, she attended the Summer School on Business and Human Rights hosted by the University of Zurich in July 2019.

Because of her great passion for moot court and the School’s vibrant Moot Society, Ruth had the opportunity to represent the University at the 4th Annual National Inter-University Constitutional Law Moot Court Competitions hosted by CEHURD in 2017 and the 27th All Africa Moot Court Competitions 2018 in Accra, Ghana, both of which she won. She also emerged best oralist at the national rounds of the 2020 JESSUP moot competition. Ruth served as Deputy Editor in Chief of the Makerere Law Journal for the year 2018/2019 during which she published a paper on the human rights impact of Uganda’s sovereign debt. In her final year, she joined the pioneer team of research fellows at the Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies where she also volunteered as student coordinator for the class of 2020.

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School of Law to construct UGX 7 Billion Block

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The Chairperson of Council Mrs. Lorna Magara (2nd R) flanked by Ag. Vice Chancellor & DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (R), Ag. DVCFA-Dr. Josephine Nabukenya (L) and Ag. Principal School of Law-Prof. Christopher Mbazira (2nd L) at the commissioning of construction for the UGX 7Billion School of Law Office Block on 6th July 2021, Makerere University.

By Musinguzi Harriet

The 6th of July 2021 was a monumental day in the School of Law Makerere University following the laying of the foundation stone for the new office block. The three storied structure will house Lecture, tutorial and seminar rooms, a library, a moot court, a cafeteria and a number of offices.  The project to cost Uganda Shillings 7.3 Billion is expected to be completed in a period of eight months with works undertaken by Symbion as the consultants and Ms CK Associates as the Contractor.

While presiding over the ground breaking ceremony at the School of Law, the Chairperson of Makerere University Council Mrs Lorna Magara affirmed the University’s commitment in ensuring that the structure is completed in the set time. She noted that the need for a new building for the School of Law was glaring and commended Government of Uganda for responding to the call made by Council and Management in availing resources for the project.  She noted that the approved designs provided for the needed infrastructure required by the School of Law to deliver on its mandate of teaching, research and knowledge transfer in the legal field. 

Mrs. Magara urged the Law faculty and students to support the University in the delivery on its mandate as provided for in the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act and the National Development Plan 3 goal of Human development. She called for provision of guidance in policy making processes and administrative decisions that have legal implications.

She further said Universities were challenged to become centers of innovation noting that Makerere University had started realising some for the results through innovations like the Kiira EV vehicle and the Covid testing kits among others.  She pointed out the need to ensure the protection and reward of intellectual property rights.  ‘We need to find a way to protect and reward individual innovation and enterprise within publicly funded research while providing the right incentives for researchers and innovators’ she emphasized and further called for the support of the legal expertise in the School of Law in the enforcement of the patent rights for the innovators.

The Ag. Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Dr. Umar Kakumba noted that the all the prominent members of the bench except a few were products of the School of Law Makerere University.  He congratulated the management of the School of Law for the great work realized over time despite the challenges of space and infrastructure. He specially applauded the enthusiasm exhibited in the School of Law through legal research in the Human Rights and Peace Centre, the Community Outreaches undertaken by the Public Interest Law Clinic, and the Disability Law research and advocacy in the Disability Law and Rights Centre. 

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Mak-UPDF Roundtable Discusses Security in Development

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The Director-Dr. Zahara Nampewo (R) hands over a set of HURIPEC publications to Chief Political Commissar & UPDF Representative to Parliament-Maj. Gen. Henry Masiko (L) as Chief of Legal Services at the Ministry of Defence & Veteran Affairs and UPDF-Brig. Gen. Godard Busingye (C) witnesses on 15th June 2021, School of Law, Makerere University.

The School of Law, Makerere University through its Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) today Tuesday 15th June, 2021 hosted a roundtable discussion with senior officials of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) under the theme: Security in Development: Exploring Uganda’s Sectors of Economic Growth”.

Looking at the intersectionality of security, peace and development, the meeting explored specifically the role of the UPDF in advancing Uganda’s National Development aspirations and more broadly its contribution in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals particularly Goal No. 16. With growing debate on the involvement of military in a number of sectors in Uganda such as, agriculture (Operation Wealth Creation), the wildlife and forest conservation (UWA & NFA), the water resource sector (fisheries) and, the oil and mineral resources (MPPU), there is hardly any scholarly analysis on such phenomenon, a gap that HURIPEC seeks to bridge. The UPDF established under the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995, Article 208 and Article 209 (b) is required to cooperate with civilian authority such as Police and as provided in the UPDF Act, engage in productive activities. This meeting explored further the nature, contributions, impact and effectiveness of the military interventions in the ‘security in development’ discourse. Interestingly, the increasing shift of the UPDF from its primary role in defending the territorial integrity of the State to its vivid involvement in development sectors needs a much deeper analysis and inquiry particularly on the aspects of functionality of such sector institutions. The temptation to engage in the national economy beyond the traditional defense economy partly lies in the question of national interests one of which is building strong institutions including the military.

The roundtable comprised of; HURIPEC team namely; Prof. Christopher Mbazira (Principal School of Law), Dr. Ronald Naluwiro (Deputy Principal School of Law), Dr. Zahara Nampewo (Director, HURIPEC), Dr. Namwase Sylvie (Post-Doc Researcher) and Jackson Odong (Associate Researcher). The UPDF officials comprised of; Major General Henry Masiko, (Chief Political Commissar and the UPDF representative to Parliament), Brig Gen Godard Busingye (Chief of Legal Services at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and UPDF) and Brig Gen. Felix Kulayigye, (Outgoing Member of Parliament representing UPDF and newly deployed to Operation Wealth Creation).

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Law Students Graduate During 1st Session of 71st Graduation Ceremony

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Soroti District Woman MP and Former Mak Guild President, Hon. Anna Ebaju Adeke (R) with fellow Master of Laws Graduands on Day 1 of the 71st Graduation Ceremony, 17th May 2021, Freedom Square, Makerere University.

By Harriet Musinguzi

A total of 25 Master of Laws and 286 Bachelor of law graduands were part of the 12,550 graduands awarded degrees and diplomas of Makerere University in various disciplines during the 71st Graduation ceremony that ran from 17th to 21st May 2021 at Freedom square.

The ceremony was presided over by the Chancellor Makerere University and the Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Janet Kataaha Museveni was chief Guest.

In a statement read by Hon. Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo the State Minister for Higher Education, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni congratulated the graduands, the staff of Makerere University and the parents for the efforts put into preparing the students despite the COVID 19 challenges.  She said Government is committed to continue investing in ICT infrastructure as one of the ways to ensure that distance learning is entrenched as an option in teaching.  She further congratulated Makerere University for the groundbreaking research over the past period which was transitioning the University into realizing its objective of being research led.

She pledged Government commitment towards continued support to Makerere University, which she described as a pioneer in higher education in the country trough mobilizing funds for salaries and other support.

The Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma congratulated Makerere University for the distinguished awards in the past year which he said, had consolidated the university’s global reputation as a leading research institution. He paid special recognition to staff and faculty for the excellent work done in preparing the students until their graduation. He expressed optimism, that the graduating students would have a transformative impact on the future of Uganda, the East African region and the entire Universe.

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