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Call For Review of Publications and Case Law

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The East African Journal for Peace and Human Rights (EAJPHR) is an international, peer-reviewed, bi-annual scholarly publication of the department of Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) of the School of Law, Makerere University. The Journal aims to stimulate research and thinking on contemporary governance issues, problems, challenges and policies. Its primary aim is to provide a platform to scholars, practitioners and activists in the fields of human rights, constitutional law, Rule of Law, among others, to share knowledge and experiences. 

This is a call for reviews of recent legislation, case law as well as articles and books for publication in the journal’s December 2021 issue. There have been a number of recently passed legislation especially as the 10th Parliament is winding up its business. Similarly, legal jurisprudence has been enriched by a number of new publications. The EAJPHR would like to use this opportunity to provide a scholarly assessment of how the said jurisprudence adds to our understanding of the legal context and operational environment of the courts in Uganda.

We are therefore inviting submissions to our journal in the form of commentaries and analytical reviews of laws and publications issued between 2018 to date as one way of interrogating the progress (or otherwise) of the legal environment in Uganda. Submissions made should provide a critical analysis, and/or evaluation of the quality, meaning, and significance of a particular case decision or publication. Furthermore, they should include essential information about the case /publication and an evaluation of its significance in light of the human rights and governance context prevalent in the country to date.

Interested authors should submit an abstract of not more than 500 words to the emails below not later than 10 June 2021. Law students are particularly encouraged to participate.

Contact Information:

The Managing Editor, EAJPHR
Dr. Zahara Nampewo
Email: zahara.nampewo[at]mak.ac.ug

Assistant Editor
Francis Xavier Birikadde
Email: fbirikadde[at]gmail.com

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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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School of Law Annual Report 2020

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The Ag. Principal School of Law, Prof. Christopher Mbazira presents on "Knowledge Transfer and Strategic Partnerships: University Meeting Community Development Needs" during the Mak Strategic Plan Drafting Meeting on 21st February 2018.

The School of Law in accordance with the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 is proud to present to you the Annual Report for 2020. Despite the Challenges realized in the period under review due to the breakout of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, the School was able to devise ways and means of realizing the objectives using innovative means under the new normal. With the guidance of the University, the School immediately embraced technology to enable it deliver on its mandate.

In 2020, despite the restrictions in the first half, emphasis was put on the teaching, learning and research. Student centered approaches to learning were employed. In addition, the School continued with its service delivery to particularly address the needs of the communities that we serve. This was done among others through the outreaches undertaken as one element of knowledge transfer.

As a matter of fact, the practical element of the training was greatly affected. This included the internships that were affected since many organizations could not physically take on our students in observance of the SOPs. The School therefore devised means of ensuring that the students undertook some practical work that was assessed mostly online.

Albeit the challenges that are recurrent in nature year after year like inadequate infrastructure and the ever-increasing financial strain, a lot has been realized in the teaching and learning core function. Effort has been intensified in sourcing for alternative funding through mobilization of the alumni and other networks. Strategies have been laid aimed at supporting the research output as well as the infrastructure and a lot has been realized here. Indeed, one of the biggest achievements was the success in convincing the Centre to budget for a new School of Building. The procurement process in underway for this purpose.

I take this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the staff of the School, students, alumni, partners and the University Management for their demonstrated resilience and support that enabled us compete rather difficult year.

Prof. Christopher Mbazira
Ag. Principal, School of Law

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Mak Law Students Win the LUMS Moot Court

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Third Year Law Students at Makerere University and Winners of the LUMS Moot Court; Ms. Nabuduwa Gertrude (L) and Mr. Mayanja Benson (R) smile for the camera.

Third Year Makerere University Law Students Miss Nabuduwa Gertrude and Mr. Mayanja Benson won the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) Moot.

The Moot which was about International Humanitarian Law (IHL)was organized by the School of Law, Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), Pakistan.

The preliminary rounds included writing memorials and submitting video of the team making presentations, which enabled the winning team to advance to the finals on Saturday 3rd April 2020.

The finals were held on Sunday 4th April, argued against a Pakistan University and won the case.  Mr. Benson Mayanja was the best oralist.

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