JONATHAN
OCHOM

Law ~ Rights ~ Justice ~ Innovations ~ Land

Profile

A consummate human rights practitioner with demonstrable experience in access to justice, legal innovations and land rights advocacy.

About Me

I was born and bred in Bukedea, a small township approximately 250km northeast of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. My life is largely influenced by my mother: Anna Asianut Amuya Akol, a woman whose love, compassion, sobriety, resilience, hard work, honesty and sacrifice is boundless. Against all odds, she nurtured me and imparted life-long lessons that shape my social and professional outlook to this day. Perhaps she is the reason I love human rights law because I grew up in a space where my rights were to a large extent respected, protected and fulfilled by her. A few years after completing law school, I co-founded Legal Hub Uganda, a non-profit justice start-up that leverages technology to enhance access to justice in addition to Elau & Ochom Advocates, a general practice law firm in Kampala. I have also worked for multiple international and national organisations focusing on human rights, access to justice and land management in Uganda.
In my solo non-legal moments, I devour Ugandan coffee, biographical content, soulful music, thrillers and action movies. Photography warms me. Regularly, I follow national and global politics -- a practice which fortifies my resolve not to join it impetuously. Of course, my story is incomplete without another woman: Desire R. Ochom, a treasured soul that took on one of the world’s unenviable tasks -- being my best half. Anyway, this is me, in a nutshell!

Contacts

Email: ochom@iduwatochom.com

Projects

" The law is only valuable if it is a rock for the needy of the neediest and the frail of the frailest… "

Experience

Career

LANDnet Uganda

2019

Director Land Management

Responsible for planning, implementing and executing LANDnet’s Strategic Plan taking into consideration specific organizational goals or policies relating to land management.

Oxfam International

2017

Land Rights Coordinator

Responsible for the strategic development and management of Oxfam in Uganda’s land rights component and strengthening collaborative partnerships around land in the country and across the Oxfam confederation.

Democratic Governance Facility

2014

Program Officer, Rights, Justice & Peace

Provide technical and administrative support to access to justice partners including proposal and budget development as well as project implementation and monitoring.

Uganda Land Alliance

2012

Legal Officer

Oversight of the access to justice and livelihoods projects and provision of legal aid services to poor, marginalized and vulnerable sections of the communities in Southern Karamoja.

Services

Project Design

I support Organizations to put together ideas and translate them to investable Concept Notes or Proposals especially in the areas of human rights, access to justice, land management and innovations.

Research & Consultancy

As part of advocacy, research helps to among other things, generate knowledge and inform policy action. I can support to undertake research, legal analysis and policy briefs on different aspects of law and human rights. I also peer review, edit and simplify research products.

Training & Capacity Building

Enhance knowledge and skills on the law and human rights remains one of the core functions of most civil society organisations. From workshops, trainings, community outreaches, retreats, panels and roundtable engagements, I have gained experience in skilling various stakeholders on a plethora of legal and human rights issues.

Strategy Development

Most organizations grapple with how to approach some aspects like campaigns or thematic issues. How about a simple, smart and practical strategy? That could be where the magic is and I am equipped with knowledge and experience to develop tailored strategies to operationalize some of those delicate project activities in the fields of my expertise.

THE BLOG

Learned Musings

The Bail Debate: A Conceptual and Historical Perspective

Oct 24, 21
#HumanRightsAccess to Justice
Image Credit: iStock For several years, President Yoweri Museveni has been an unwavering advocate for the scrapping of bail especially for people accused of capital offences. He describes it a ... Read More

The Access to Justice Problem: A Global Outlook

Sep 25, 21
Uncategorized
In spite of various efforts and initiatives to enhance access to justice globally, the need for free or heavily subsidised legal services persists. Indeed, the right to access to justice ... Read More

Access to Justice through a Conceptual Lens

Sep 24, 21
#HumanRights
Theoretically, the right to access to justice is premised on the liberal ideals of “equality before the law” and the “rule of law” as well as the capacity of the ... Read More

Podcasts

Contacts

ochom@iduwatochom.com

Unit 7 Noble Start Homes, Kaduyu Road-Ntinda

P.O. Box 4881 Kampala

Law school taught me one thing: How to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.

- Jonathan Ochom

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