The Human Rights and Peace Center (HURIPEC), a semi-autonomous department under the School of Law was set up by Makerere University in 1993, as the first human rights center of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although several human rights-related subjects were already being taught at the Faculty of Law, HURIPEC was established solely to foster on teaching, research and activism on human rights and peace issues at the University.

Since that time, not only has the number of subjects in the area expanded considerably, also the range of activities being pursued. The centre pursues a vision of contributing to the establishment of a human rights conceintised, educated, activist, academic society in Uganda and countries yonder.

It seeks and has consistently engaged in events geared at promoting the understanding and respect for human rights, democratic governance and sustainable peace in the East Africa sub-region specifically and Africa generally through teaching, research, policy and advocacy.