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Businye Kabumba


Qualifications: LL.B (1st Class Hons) (Mak) BCL (Oxford), LL.M (Harvard) Dip. L.P. (LDC), LLD(Pretoria)

Dr. Busingye Kabumba joined the Law School in 2009. He is currently Senior Lecturer and Director of the Human Rights and Peace Centre. He teaches Constitutional Law, International Law, Administrative Law and Jurisprudence.

His most recent publications are the books entitled Soft law and legitimacy in international law (2018); Militarism and the Dilemma of Post-Colonial Statehood: The Case of Museveni’s Uganda (2017), with Dan Ngabirano and Timothy Kyepa; and A Comparative Review of Presidential Election Court Decisions (2016), with Professor Frederick Ssempebwa, Justice Elizabeth Munuo and Justice Professor Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza.

His main current research enquiry is the relationship between power and vulnerability.

Emails: busingye.kabumba@mak.ac.ug; director.huripec@mak.ac.ug

Education Background

  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Makerere University (Uganda)

  • Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University (where he was Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal) and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School (where he edited the Harvard International Law Digest).

  • Advocate of the Supreme Court of Uganda

  • Member of the Uganda Law Society (ULS)

  • Member of the East African Law Society (EALS)

  • Member of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)

  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Law Association (ILA)

Academic Undertakings

    • Assistant Lecturer of Law at HURIPEC

    • Academic Coordinator of the LLM (Human Rights and Democratization) Programme which is run jointly with the Universities of Pretoria, Western Cape, Ghana, American University in Cairo and the Catholic University in Cameroon.

    • Teaches International Law, Constitutional Law, International and Regional Human Rights Law, Human Rights in the Domestic Perspective, Law of International Institutions and Organizations, International Economic Law and the Law of Treaties both on undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the Faculty of law, Makerere University.

    • Also teaches International Law on the MA (Diplomacy and International Relations) and MA (Peace and Conflict Studies) programmes at the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Makerere University.

    • Serves Makerere University as Chief Registrar of the Staff Appeals Tribunal, an autonomous body established under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act to deal with disputes between members of staff and the University.

    • Ugandan Resident Partner with M/S Development Law Associates, a collaborative initiative bringing together development law practitioners from over 23 African countries.

    • Consultancies Undertaken for various organizations including United Nations Population Fund, the New Partnership for African Development (South Africa), ActionAid (UK and Uganda), Kituo Cha Katiba (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania), the Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (Uganda), the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (Uganda) and several other local and international organizations.

    • In the past worked as a Legal Associate with M/S MMAKS Advocates (the Uganda branch of the African Legal Network of Law firms) as well as a Visiting Associate at the London office of Clifford Chance LLP under the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) programme.


    • “A Missed Opportunity: The Legacy Of The Armed Activities Case On The Right To Self-defence Under International Law”, in Griffin’s View on International and Comparative Law, January 2007, Vol. 8, No.1, at pp.109-116, available at http://www.rechten.vu.nl/en/Images/8-1%20-%20Missed%20Opportunity_tcm23-46038.pdf

    • “Private Placements under Ugandan Capital Markets Law”, in the African Legal Network Newsletter, August 2009, pp.4-5, available at http://www.africalegalnetwork.com/images/NEWSLETTER.pdf

    • ‘The Human Rights Content of the African Youth Charter: A preliminary assessment, paper on the African Youth Charter, commissioned by the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), available at http://www.afrimap.org/english/images/paper/AfriMAP-AYC-Kabumba-EN.pdf (English) and at http://www.afrimap.org/english/images/paper/AfriMAP-AYC-Kabumba-FR.pdf (French)

    • ‘The Mukasa Judgment and Gay Rights in Uganda’, in East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, July 2009, Vol. 15, No.1(Case Comment)

    • ‘Litigating Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: A choice Between Corrective and Distributive Justice’, in East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, July 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2(Book Review)

    • ‘Public Interest Litigation in Uganda: Pitfalls and Landmarks,’ (with Mr. Phillip Karugaba, partner, MMAKS Advocates) book forthcoming with LawAfrica Publishing (2010)

Prof. Christopher Mbazira

Prof. Christopher Mbazira is a Professor of Law and Coordinator of the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) at the same School and a founding member of the Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL). He previously chaired of the Rule of Law

Committee of the Uganda Law Society.  He was one of 9 academics who approached the Supreme Court of Uganda and were admitted as amici in the 2016 Presidential Election Petition. This has resulted into positive jurisprudence on the subject of Amicus Curae.

Prof. Mbazira has written and spoken widely on the subject of socio-economic rights in the context of the judicial application of these rights as well as public interest litigation. Some of his research is published in respected journals. Christopher has attended and presented at a number of international seminars, workshops and conferences. 

He is the author of the title: Litigating socio-economic rights in South Africa: A choice between corrective and distributive justice (2009) and several journal articles. Since 2018, Prof Mbazira has supported the National Planning Authority (NPA) in integrating the Human Rights Based Approach in the country’s development agenda. Prof Mbazira has consulted with international agencies, including the United Nations on human rights and governance matters. 

In 2021, Prof Mbazira won the Uganda Law Society Award for his distinguished service in legal education in Uganda. Prof Mbazira has been key in introducing the use of the clinical methodology of teaching the law and building a community of public interest lawyers in Uganda.

Prof Mbazira holds an LLB from Makerere University, an LLM in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria and a PhD from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. In 2015, Christopher was a co-recipient of the Vera Chirwa Award given by the Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, for his outstanding contribution in the promotion of socio-economic rights in Africa. 

He is the proprietor of Amicus Consortium (U) Ltd with its Amicus Mixed Farm. Prof Mbazira is also a member of the Uganda Law Council, a body that regulates the legal profession in Uganda and also sits on the Law Development Centre (LDC).


E-mail: christopher.mbazira@mak.ac.ug

Prof. J. Oloka-Onyango

Oloka-Onyango is a Professor of Law and a former Dean of the School of Law. He was the Director of the Human Rights & Peace Centre (HURIPEC) from 2004 until 2012, and a Special Rapporteur on Globalization and Human Rights of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Prof. Oloka-Onyango has written extensively on Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Dr. Zahara Nampewo

Dr. Zahara Nampewo is a lawyer and human rights practitioner with over 20years experience in the private, public and non – profit sectors. She has been with the School of Law at Makerere University since 2006. She is a Senior Lecturer and Ag. Deputy Principal – School of Law

Dr. Nampewo received her PhD from Emory University in the United States. Her PhD research focus followed a feminist socio-legal examination of law and culture on how women’s sexuality is articulated within the social domains of family and marriage. She holds a Master of Laws degree (International Human Rights) from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and an advanced Diploma in Human Rights Protection from Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. She completed her Bar Course and acquired a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda in 1999. She is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature in Uganda. Dr. Nampewo’ s areas of interest and expertise include human rights, health justice, gender and transitional justice. She teaches and practices in Health Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Gender Law.

Dr. Nampewo has published on a range of subjects including health and disability justice, gender and family law, sexuality, human rights and access to justice. Her recent publications include: ‘Respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human right to health’, Internal Journal of Equity Health (2022); ‘Sex Trafficking as a form of Gender-Based Violence against Women: Lessons from South Africa and Uganda’ in Emma Lubaale & Ashwanee Budoo (eds), ‘Violence against Women and Criminal Justice in Africa’, Palgrave Macmillan (2022); ‘Gender, Disability and Human Rights in Africa’, (Book Chapter), in O. Yacob-Haliso & T. Falola (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies, Palgrave (2021);  ‘The Illusion of Greener Pastures: Violence and Justice for Female Ugandan Migrant Workers in the Middle East’, Strathmore Law Journal Vol. (2021); ‘Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Uganda. Law and Practice’ (Book chapter), in Clayton O’Neill et al, Routledge Handbook of Global Health Rights, Routledge (2021); Family and Succession Law in Uganda’ International Encyclopedia of Laws, Wolters Kluwer Publishers, (2020); ‘We Have a Right to Love. The Right to Marry and Reproduce for Women with Disabilities in Uganda’, East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (2018); and ‘Til Violence Do Us Part. A Critical Analysis of the Legal Regime of Cruelty as a Ground for Divorce in Uganda’, a book chapter in Maria Nassali (Ed) ‘The Politics of Putting Asunder. Divorce, Law and the Family in Uganda, Fountain Publishers (2016).

Dr. Nampewo is a Board member of the African Legal Think Tank on Women’s Rights (ALTOWR), an African continental legal institute that provides technical expertise and advocacy on women’s

rights. She is Chief Editor of the East African Journal on Peace and Human Rights, an international, peer-reviewed, bi-annual scholarly publication of HURIPEC at Makerere University School of Law. She is also a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Human Rights Practice (JHRP) Oxford University Press, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Mawazo Journal of Makerere University College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a Country Expert (Uganda), Varieties of Democracy Project at the V-Dem Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenberg, a Visiting scholar, Institute of Law, University of Zurich, Switzerland and an External Examiner with the Nelson R. Mandela School of Law University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Also, Dr. Nampewo is a member on the Forum of Children, Youth and Families of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, an eminent body of scientists providing independent evidence based advice for the prosperity of Uganda.

She was a Member of the International Expert Group, Education for Justice (E4J) initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) between 2018-2019. She has also held the position of Chairperson, Examinations Verification Committee of the Law Development Centre (LDC) for the period 2014 – 2015.

Prior to joining Makerere University, Dr. Nampewo served as Programme Coordinator of the Access to Justice Programme for the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) in Uganda, and as Gender Justice Specialist with UN Women in Liberia.

Zahara was winner of the 2019 5th Women in Law Award for “Female Lawyer Academic”, awarded by the Uganda Law Society on 7th March 2019.

 Email: zahara.nampewo@mak.ac.ug , znampewo@gmail.com

Assoc. Prof. Ronald Naluwairo

Ronald Naluwairo is a Ugandan lawyer, scholar and advocate committed to the development of legal education and training in Uganda in particular, and East Africa in general. He is an Associate Professor of Law and the current Principal (Ag) of the School of Law, Makerere University. He has a PhD from the University of London, LLM from the University of Cambridge, LLB (Hons) from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all Courts subordinate thereof. Dr. Naluwairo has close to 20 years’ experience in the field of legal education and training, most of which have been served at senior managerial level.

Hitherto, he worked with an East African regional environment and development policy think tank

called ACODE from where he developed particular interest and competencies in: legal and policy research; policy advocacy; project cycle management; process consulting; environment and natural resources management work; and agro-biodiversity conservation policy work.

He has researched and written extensively on military justice, human rights, militarization, environmental governance, biotechnology policy, and agro-biodiversity law and policy. He is a strong advocate of justice, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights.

Email: ronald.naluwairo@mak.ac.ug


Dr. Rose Nakayi

Dr. Rose Nakayi is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Makerere University.  Her academic, research and teaching interests span multiple subject areas including land law, land governance, human rights law, and transitional justice. Nakayi has been a consultant on various projects on land governance and human rights for a number of civil society organizations, Justice, Law and Order Sector departments and agencies and some development partners. She has facilitated a number of workshops and written in her field of specialty. 

Her publications include a book Chapter- on, The Politics of Land Law Reforms in Neoliberal Uganda, in THE DYNAMICS OF NEOLIBERAL TRANSFORMATION IN UGANDA (Joerg Wiegratzi, Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco eds., 2018). She served as a Commissioner of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the effectiveness of Law, Processes and Procedures of Land Acquisition, Administration, Management and Registration in Uganda (2017-2020). 

Dr.  Nakayi was Ag. Director of HURIPEC (2012-2013), Coordinator of the LL.M in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa and later served on the Makerere University Staff Tribunal. She has held various prestigious Fellowships to conduct research aspects of land governance. These include: J. William Fulbright Fellowship at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre dame (2008-2010) and the World Bank’s Robert S.  McNamara Fellowship (2012). 

Nakayi is a member of the Uganda Law Society and an advocate of the High court of Uganda. She holds an LL. B (Hons) from Makerere University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center, LL.M from the University of Cambridge (UK) (Clare Hall), and a Doctorate in Law (SJD) (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA). 

E-mail: rnakayi@alumni.nd.edu/rose.nakayi@mak.ac.ug

Dr. Caroline Adoch

Qualifications: LL.B (Hons) (Dar es Salaam) LL.M (Cantab) Dip. L.P (LDC), LL.D (Mak)

Dr. Adoch joined the Law School in 2011, she is a Lecturer attached to the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC.  

Her areas of research and teaching interest include; Human Rights, Public International Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law and policy, Law in Governance and Accountability and has researched and published in these areas of the law. 

Dr. Adoch currently teaches Constitutional History, Constitutional Law and Human Rights.

E-mail: carol.adoch@gmail.com
Dr. Adrian Jjuuko

Dr. Adrian Jjuuko holds an LLD from the University of Pretoria, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University. His research interests are in the area of human rights, criminal law and health law. He is the Chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO).

Email: jjuukoa@gmail.com

Mr. Godber Tumushabe

Godber W. Tumushabe is a farmer, a social entrepreneur, a lawyer and a policy analyst. He is currently Assistant Lecturer, School of Law where he teaches International Law, International and Regional Human Rights, and Environmental Law and Policy. Mr. Tumushabe is currently an Associate Director at Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (www.glissafrica.org).  He Tumushabe is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tarl Eco Farms (www.tarlecofarms.com) Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ruhaama Real Estates Limited. In 2018, Mr. Tumushabe was elected to become a member of Evidence and Governance in Politics (EGAP) www.e-gap.org.

Mr. Tumushabe obtained his first degree in law (LLB Hons.) from Makerere University, Kampala in 1993. He attended a Post-Graduate Bar Course at Uganda’s Law Development Centre where he obtained a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice. He rejoined the School of Law at Makerere University where he obtained a Master Degree in Law (LLM) in 1996. In 2007, Mr. Tumushabe joined the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) at Stanford Law School where he was awarded a Master of Juridical Science (JSM) degree of Stanford University. In 2008, he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute in Business Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Tumushabe’s work career started in 1997 when he joined the Nairobi-based public policy think tank- African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). At ACTS, he directed Africa-wide policy research programmes on environmental governance, biodiversity and land governance. He returned to Uganda in 2000 as Founding Executive Director of the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a position he held until he retired in December 2013. During his 14 years as executive director, he oversaw the growth of ACODE into a dynamic and reputable independent public policy research and advocacy think tank in Eastern Africa. He designed and

raised funds for flagship policy research and advocacy programs in the areas of biotechnology policy, environmental governance, budget policy and priorities, strategic minerals and petroleum governance and local governments strengthening.

Mr. Tumushabe has published widely on a wide range of international and national public policy issues. He is co-author of: Governing the Environment: Political Change and Natural Resources Management in Eastern and Central Africa (1999); Harnessing Intellectual Property Rights for Development Objectives: The Double Role of IPRs in the Context of Facilitating MDGs Nos. 1 and 6 (2011); Public Spending on Climate Change in Africa: Experiences from Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda (2016); and Unlocking Africa’s Future: Biotechnology and Law (2018).  

His currently research interests include: regional peace and security; strategic minerals and petroleum governance, climate change, and cyber policy and digital rights.

Twitter: @GodberTumushabe

Linkedin: Godber W. Tumushabe

Email: godber.tumushabe@mak.ac.ug