School Of Law Annual Report 2021

I have the pleasure to present the annual report of the School of Law (SoL) for the year 2021 which highlights our activities throughout the year. As the world recovers from the effects
of the Covid19 pandemic which impeded implementation, the year bore a lot of promise for the School in championing the mission of Makerere University.

The School has realized several developments, among which is the commissioning of the new School of Law Building. The three-storied structure will house Lecture, tutorial and seminar rooms, a library, a moot court, a cafeteria and offices. The project is funded by the Government of Uganda. In addition, SoL held consultative meetings with National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to finalise the process of becoming a fully-fledged Constituent College of Makerere University as defined under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (Management of Constituent Colleges of Makerere University) Statute, 2012.

Capacity building for our members of staff was realized through attendance of workshops and seminars both at national and international level. Our staff and students were recognized
for their work through awards and appointments including: Professor Sylvia Tamale was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Pretoria, South Africa; Professor Christopher Mbazira, received the 2021 award from Uganda Law Society (ULS) for his distinguished service in the Promotion of Legal Education; and Mr. Grace Waiswa, President – Makerere Law Society (MLS) was elected Secretary General of the Federation of African Law Students (FALAS), an umbrella body for undergraduate Law students in Africa. Our students have participated in moot competitions in-country and globally. Excellence in teaching and learning has continued supported by various research activities and projects undertaken by staff and students.

The School of Law has continued to produce legal professionals from the undergraduate to doctorate levels. Members of staff have published in internationally peer reviewed journals and also formed partnerships with other institutions. This further strengthens the research base of the SoL tackling key research questions for our nation and beyond.

In the human resource arena, staff members have continued undertake further training for award of doctorates which will further strengthen the qualification capacity of our faculty. However, challenges of recruitment delays and retaining staff continue to affect the performance of the SoL.

I would like to thank the Government of Uganda, University Administration and development partners for their support of our activities during 2021. I also extend thanks to administration at the SoL, staff and students for participating in the activities of the School.

Prof. Christopher Mbazira