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Zahara Nampewo is a Ugandan lawyer teaching at the School of Law, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
She has been with Makerere since January 2006.
Dr. Nampewo holds an SJD from Emory University in the United States, an LLM (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.
Dr. Nampewo areas of interest and expertise include human rights, health, gender and transitional justice.
She has published on a range of subjects including sexuality, decentralisation and access to justice.
Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC)
School of Law, Makerere University
Tel: + 256 779 114220
Doctor of Laws (SJD) (University of Notre Dame USA)
LL.M (Clare Hall, University of Cambridge)
LL.B (honors) (Makerere University)
Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Center)
Diploma in Transitional Justice (International Center for Transitional Justice
Director (Ag.) Human Rights and Peace Center (HURIPEC)
Lecturer at the School of Law Makerere University.
Researcher (Doctoral) under a Fulbright Fellowship at the Center for Civil and Human Rights University of Notre Dame.
Formerly engaged in Consultancy work institutions such as the Forest Peoples Land Rights Project (London), Kituo Cha Katiba (Center for Constitutionalism).
Formerly Chairperson of the Law Development Center Forensic Audit Committee.
Formerly a Fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Denmark.
Formerly the Editor of East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights Volumes 14 No. 1 and No. 2 of 2008.
Formerly, Project Coordinator of the Uganda Coalition for the International Criminal Court (UCICC) at Human Rights Network- Uganda.
Formerly Coordinator of the LL.M Program in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa run by the University of Pretoria in partnership with over four others in Africa including Makerere
Pieces of a Jigsaw Puzzle: Realizing Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in the Context of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, 448-476 Volume 16 No. 2, 2010.
‘Historical and Contemporary Land Laws and their Impact on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Uganda: The Case of the Batwa, in Land Rights and the Forest Peoples of Africa: Historical, Legal and Anthropological Perspectives,’ (The Forest Peoples Programme, January 2009).
‘Reaching out for Justice and Reconciliation in Northern Uganda: The Proposed War Crimes Court and Traditional Justice. Center for Civil and Human Rights,’ (Notre Dame Law School) Working Paper No. 5, Winter 2008.
‘Decentralization and the Situation of Selected Ethnic and Racial Minorities in Uganda: A Human Rights Audit.’ HURIPEC Working Paper No. 15 of July 2007.
‘The Women’s Movement in Africa: Creative Initiatives and Lessons Learnt.’ East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights Vol. 11, No.2 2005 (Co- authored with Monica Twesiime-Kirya and Dorothy Kwagala).
‘Citizenship and Identity Struggles in Uganda: Towards More Inclusive Policies and Practices’ (co-authored with Monica Twesiime – Kirya and Dorothy Kwagala), Citizenship and Identity Struggles Series, Kituo cha Katiba (East African Center for Constitutionalism, 2005).
The Challenge of Proving Customary Tenure in Courts of Law in Uganda: Review of the Case of Hon. Ocula Michael & others Verses Amuru District Land Board, Major General Oketa Julius, Christine Atimango and Amuru Sugar Works Ltd. Hct-02-Cv -Ma- No. 126 OF 2008 (Forthcoming)
Current and Previous Professional Undertakings
Former Dean of Law (1998-2002) and former Director of the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) (2004-2012) at Makerere University.
Visiting Professor at a number of universities around the world, including Harvard, Oxford, Cape Town, NYU and the United Nations University, Japan.
Member and former chair of several local, regional and international human rights organizations.
Former member and Special Rapporteur on Globalization and Human Rights of the United Nations (UN) Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and former Trustee of the UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture (2005-2011).
Teaching interests include International Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, Gender and the Law and Constitutional Law and History
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Western Cape)
Master of Law (HRDA), University of Pretoria
Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre
Bachelor of Laws, Makerere University
Associate Professor, School of Law, Makerere University attached to HURIPEC
Coordinator, Public Interest Law Clinic
Visiting Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Visiting Professor, University of Lusaka, Zambia
Member of the Extra-Territorial Obligations Consortium
Research Fellow, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape
Member of the Advisory Board African Year Book on Disability Rights
Member of the Editorial Board of the Africa Nazarene University Law Journal
Formerly Special Assistant to International Criminal Court Director to Secretariat of Assembly of Heads of States
Formerly, Deputy Dean (Postgraduate, Finance and Administration), School of Law Makerere University
Legal Consultant, KSMO Advocates
Legal Consultant, Enoth-Mugabi, Advocates and Solicitors
Teaches International Law and Human Rights Law
Public Law and Policy Consultant
Books authored and edited
Litigating Economic and Social rights in South Africa: A Choice between Corrective and Distributed Justice Pretoria University Press, 2009
Co-editor (with Jaap de Vissser) Water delivery: Public or private? Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape and The Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Utrecht University, 2006
Co-author (with Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Chirwa Danwood, Benyam Mezmure and Rino Kamidi) Child-Friendly Laws in Africa (2009) African Child Policy Forum
Chapters in books
From Multiparty Rule and No Party State to Multi-partism in Uganda in Morris Kiwinda Mbondenyi & Tom Ojienda (eds) Constitutionalism and Democratic Governance in Africa: Contemporary Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa (2013) Pretoria University Law Press
The Judicial Enforcement of the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health under the Kenyan Constitution in Japhet Biegon & Godfrey M Musila (eds) Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights Under the New Constitution: Challenges and Opportunities for Kenya (2011) Kenyan Section of the Commission for Jurists 113
Prosecuting International Crimes Committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda in Chacha Murungu & Japhet Biegon (eds.) Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa Pretoria University Law Press 2011, 197
Enforcing the economic, social and cultural rights in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Twenty years of redundancy, progression and significant strides in Julia Iliopoulos-Strangas & Theunis Roux (eds.) National and international perspectives on social rights ANT.N. SAKKOULAS & BRUYLANT BRUXELLES 2008, 291.
Uganda and the UN Treaty Bodies: Reflections on the Past and Thoughts for the Future in the Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Uganda and the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms: A Compilation on the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Uganda Office ), 2009
Privatisation and the right of access to sufficient water in South Africa: the case of Lukhanji and Amahlati in Jaap de Vissser and Mbazira, C., (eds.) Water delivery: Public or private?, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape and The Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Utrecht University, 2006, 57
Articles in periodicals, reviews and journals
Service delivery protests, struggle for rights and the failure of local democracy in South Africa and Uganda: Parallels and Divergences (2013) 1 South African Journal on Human Rights [Forthcoming]
With John Mubangizi Constructing the amicus curae procedure in human rights litigation: What can Uganda learn from South Africa? (2012) 16 Law, Democracy and Development 199
Grootboom: A paradigm of individual remedies versus reasonable programmes (2011) 26 South African Public Law Journal 1
The role of transboundary dialogue: A response to Stephen Ellmann (2009) 2 Constitutional Court Review 145
From ambivalence to certainty: Norms and principles for the structural interdict in socio-economic rights litigation in South Africa (2008) 24 South African Journal on Human Rights 1
Judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa: Heightening the reasonableness approach (2008) 26(2) Nordic Journal of Human Rights 131
Confronting the problem of polycentricity in enforcing the socio-economic rights in the South African Constitution, (2008) 23 South African Public Law Journal 30.
‘Appropriate, just and equitable relief’ in socio-economic rights litigation: The tension between corrective and distributive justice (2008) South African Law Journal 71
Bolstering the protection of economic, social and cultural rights under the Malawi Constitution (2007) 1(2) Malawi Law Journal, 220
Regional symposium on harmonization of laws of children in Eastern and Southern Africa, 9 – 10 May 2007 (2007) 1 African Human Rights Law Journal, 276.
Translating socio-economic rights from abstract paper rights to fully fledged individual rights: Lessons from South Africa (2006) 12(2) East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, 183
With Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen Incy wincy spider went climbing up again – prospects for constitutional (re) interpretation of section 28(1)(c) of the South African Constitution in the next decade of democracy (2007) 2 Speculum Juris 147
Enforcing the economic, social and cultural rights in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Twenty years of redundancy, progression and significant strides (2006) 6 African Human Rights Law Journal, 333
Realising socio-economic rights and the obligations of local government: A guide for municipalities Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape
With Lukas Muntingh EN and Others v The Government of South Africa and Others (Durban High Court, Case No. 4576/2006) [unreported] (En case)in ESR Review Vol. 7(2) 2006
With Lilian Chenwi The Draft Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rightsin ESR Review Vol 7 (1) 2006.
The right to health and the nature of socio-economic rights obligations under the African Charter: The Purohit case in ESR Review, Vol 4 November 2005.
A path to realise economic, social and cultural rights in Africa? The New Partnership for Africa’s Development: A critique (2004) 2 African Human Rights Law Journal
Dr. Christopher Mbazira
Associate Professor of Law, School of Law
P.O. Box 7062
Doctor of Philosophy (SOAS, University of London)
Master of Law (University of Cambridge)
Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Centre)
Bachelor of Laws (Makerere University)
Certificate of Attendance, All African Course in International Humanitarian Law (Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria)
Lecturer at the Human Rights & Peace Centre, School Law, Makerere University
Ag. Deputy Dean (Postgraduate & Administration), School of Law, Makerere University
Research Fellow and Head of the Trade, Innovations & Biotechnology Programme at theAdvocates Coalition for Development and Environment
Teaches Public International Law; International and Regional Human Rights Law; and the Law on Use of Force and Armed Conflicts among others.
Research areas include Military Justice & Human Rights; Governance; Agro-biodiversity Law and Policy; and Biotechnology Law and Policy
Formerly Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Uganda Christian University
Formerly Chairperson of the National Task Force for Domestication of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Uganda
Formerly Member of the National Biosafety Committee
Formerly Coordinator of the Lawyers’ Expert Group on Biotechnology[LEGBIOTECH]
Formerly Coordinator of HURIPEC’s Rights & Democratic Governance Project
Guaranteeing the Right to a Fair Trial in Uganda’s Military Justice System: Proposals for Reform [Vol. 18, No.2, East African Journal of Peace & Human Rights 2012].
Military Courts and Human Rights: A Critical Analysis of the Compliance of Uganda’s Military Justice with the Right to an Independent and Impartial Tribunal [Vol. 12, No. 2, African Human Rights Law Journal 2012].
A Reassessment of Military Justice as a Separate System in the Administration of Justice: The Case of Uganda [Vol. 18, No.1, East African Journal of Peace & Human Rights 2012].
Uganda’s Military Courts and the Right to a Competent Tribunal: Some Reflections [Vol. 5, No. 2, Malawi Law Journal 2011].
Buganda’s Quest for Federo and the Right to Self-Determination: A Reassessment [HURIPEC Working Paper No. 17, 2007]
A Critical Evaluation of the Role of the General Court Martial inthe Administration of Justice in Uganda [HURIPEC Working Paper No.1,2006]
The Trial of Civilians in Uganda’s Military Courts: Interrogating the Reasons, Constitutionality and Human Rights Issues [Forthcoming].
Uganda’s Civil Courts and the Administration of Military Justice: An Appraisal of their Jurisprudence on Selected Issues [Forthcoming]
Contacts: Office Tel No: +256 414 532954
Cell phone: +256 772 636345
R. Kakungulu-Mayambala is a Senior Lecturer with the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) and formerly a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2007-2008). R. Kakungulu-Mayambala lectures human rights in the domestic perspective, consumer law and protection, introducing law and legal methods, intellectual property law, equity and trusts to undergraduate students and international environmental law, and computers & the law to graduate students at Makerere University School of Law. He has extensive knowledge on international and comparative indigenous people’s law, rights of ethnic minorities, oil and gas law, economic, social and cultural rights and has also done work on the rights of indigenous communities in East Africa. He is an Advocate of the High court of Uganda. Dr. Kakungulu-Mayambala’s doctoral thesis at The University of Arizona was on Indigenous People, Human Rights, and the African Problem: The Case of the Twa, Ogiek and Maasai. He has consulted for many international and national agencies including IDRC, CIDA, DFID, SIDA, DANIDA, NORAD, EASSI, KCK and ACODE.
His research interests include Electronic Communications Law and Internet Governance, Intellectual Property Law, Electronic Commerce Law, Competition Law and Policy, National Security and Counter-Terrorism Law and International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Law.
Honors and Awards
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2007/2009
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Dr. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala
Senior Lecturer, Makerere University School of Law
Human Rights & Peace Centre
Senior Lecturer, Human Rights & Peace Center
LL.B (Hons) (Mak); Dip. L.P. (LDC); SIDA/WIPO Fellow (Lund University 2005/2007); LL.M (Fordham); S.J.D (Arizona).
B.A (Hons) Social Sciences,
Post Graduate Diploma-Library & Information Science
M. Sc. Information Science, Makerere University
Graduate Diploma in Human Rights, Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands
Advanced Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, European Peace University, Austria.
Doctoral research student, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Lecturer -Social Research Methods -Makerere University, Faculty of Law.
Editor, East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, published by HURIPEC.
Formerly Lecturer in Information Systems and Systems Analysis and Design at Uganda Martyrs University; and Lecturer in Research Methods, National College of Business Studies (now Makerere Business School).
Research interests include information policy and ethics, access to information, digital governance, and gender integration in governance.
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