Refugee Law Project has a New Director

Dr. Ojara De-Saxone Pius – Director, Refugee Law Project

Dr. Ojara De-Saxone Pius has been appointed new Director of the Refugee Law Project (RLP) effective 1st April, 2023. Dr. Ojara replaces Dr. Christopher Gerald Dolan who moved on last year. On his appointment, he said, ‘I am delighted to join the Refugee Law Project, School of Law (SoL), Makerere University; I look forward to fruitful engagements and collaborations with everyone’.

In his remarks, Associate Professor Ronald Naluwairo, Principal, SoL congratulated Dr. Ojara on his appointment and said, ‘We welcome you to SoL family and promise to accord you the necessary support as you steer our project to greater heights’.

The RLP is a community outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University. The project empowers asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and hosts communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives. The project is mandated to 1) Promote the protection, well-being and dignity of forced migrants and their hosts; 2) Empower forced migrants, communities and all associated actors to challenge and combat injustices in policy, law and practice; 3) Influence national and international debate on matters of forced migration, justice and peace and 4) Serve as a resource for forced migrants and relevant actors.

Dr. Ojara is an expert in humanitarian and development operations with skills in impactful programming and transformational and leadership in donor and non-governmental sectors. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe, Master in Philosophy and postgraduate qualifications. He brings a wealth of experience of over 20years from different national and international organisations in humanitarian service he has worked with. Dr. Ojara previously served as Programme Director with Tearfund in Bangui, Central African Republic; Director of the NGO Forum in South Sudan; A2 Conflict Advisor with UK-DFID in South Sudan; and Recovery & Development Advisor with DFID-Uganda among others.