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Military Courts And The Rule Of Law: The Case Of The National Resistance Movement (Nrm)

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Authors:

Lewis David

Source:

Makerere Law Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, p.113-129 (2013)

Keywords:

Human Rights Laws, International law, Lewis David Rubongoya, Military Courts, NRM

Abstract:

<p><em>At the time of this publication, the author, a former student of the School of Law, <span data-scayt_word="Makerere" data-scaytid="5">Makerere</span> University was enrolled at the Law Development Centre, Kampala for his Bar Course.</em></p><p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">The paper is an attempt to discuss the various questions posed by many scholars, critiques and international agencies as regards the performance of the military courts in the observance of the rule of law. In here, reference is made to the military courts established under the National Resistance Movement. The paper gives a conceptual definition and scope of the rule of law, the historical perspectives and the progress made. The author further delves into the details of constitutionalism and human rights with a view of assessing the position of Ugandan military courts in these respects. The paper also gives a brief history of the National Resistance Movement in the context of this study and evaluates its efforts and commitment to the rule of law. Accordingly, a contrast is made between what the human rights&lsquo;state of the military trials was before and after the promulgation of the 1995 Constitution. An effort has also been made to equally assess the place of Uganda&lsquo;s military courts in light of the international and regional human rights laws.</span></span><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>