Seminar: National development planning, local government and the rights of special groups in Uganda [16 February 2023]

The Dullah Omar Institute invites you to a Seminar on the National development planning, local government and the rights of special groups in Uganda.
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  • When 16 Feb, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
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Former Dean of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University (Uganda) and UWC alumnus, Prof Christopher Mbazira will be the keynote speaker at a lunch seminar, convened by the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development. Uganda was the first country on the continent to entrench local government in its 1995 Constitution. Prof Mbazira will discuss the intersection between national development planning, local government and the rights of special groups.

Christopher Mbazira is a Professor of Law and until November 2022 was Principal of the School of Law, Makerere University. He is also the Coordinator of the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) 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. 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. He is the author of the title: Litigating socio-economic rights in South AfricaA 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).


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