Corporate Accountability and the Digital Age: Why we should be Concerned

Over the years, there have been growing calls for corporations to act responsibly and transparently in their economic, social and environmental pursuits. This is more so at a time when “public trust of business activity is in short supply” generally. In the 2000s, a new approach which, besides creating a nexus between capitalism and universal […]

A Review of Dr. John Ekure’s ‘Undeterred’

By Jonathan Ochom While, until recently, the Iteso have not been major political actors in Uganda’s national scene, it is undeniable that post-Independence Teso has generally been defined by several tragic events: armed rebellion, cattle rustling as well as natural disasters like floods and drought. Books, scholarly articles, media stories and songs about Teso will […]

A case for a rights-based approach to innovative technologies

In a 2018 book, Enrique Piracés, a human rights technology practitioner opined that “the future of human rights will be intertwined with the advancement of technology”.  These words, though predictive, have a strong historical and normative backing. From the mid-20th century, world powers recognised the right to “share in scientific advancement and its benefits” and […]

Land reforms in Uganda: An Outsider’s Talking Points

I want to thank convenors of this event – Oxfam Uganda – my former employer and a great ally for the land rights of ordinary Ugandans for putting together this high level seminar to orient new Members of Parliament on land reforms. This discussion is timely because as you should be aware, the current government […]

The Bail Debate: A Conceptual and Historical Perspective

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 “provocation” to release someone accused of murder for example. The President’s (unpopular) stand on this matter has raised a lot of eyebrows with several pundits […]

The Access to Justice Problem: A Global Outlook

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 has been described as one of the areas in which “rhetoric outruns reality” because practically, all countries face several challenges in its realisation. By 2017, […]

Access to Justice through a Conceptual Lens

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 multiple sections of society to utilise these principles. It traces its roots to the era of the welfare state and growing rights consciousness and was […]

Explaining the “Bundle of Rights” on Land

In the land field, it is always common for actors to make reference to the ‘bundle of rights’ when discussing the legal entitlements generally granted to land rights holders. But what exactly does this mean? The metaphor ‘bundle of rights’ essentially portrays a pack of sticks in which each stick signifies a different right associated […]

The Role of Civil Society in Human Rights Implementation

Theoretically, the idea of civil society is rooted in the need, as far as the sixteenth and seventh centuries, to address concerns regarding relations between individuals, the state and society as well as between the private and public.  Essentially, it is a platform for “active citizenry” and the concern for public affairs. In the contemporary […]

Use of Indicators for Measuring Human Rights Implementation

As primary duty bearers under international and domestic human rights law, States are bound to implement human rights and make them a reality for their citizens. Monitoring this commitment, Bantekas and Oette argue was initially problematic due to the absence of “verifiable quantitative criteria” for measuring State compliance.  However, over the years, there have been […]