Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2018

Thu, 3 May - 14:15 to 15:45

Parallel Session 15

Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

Justice in the Supreme Court of Uganda

A Judge in the Supreme Court of Uganda, Justice Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was the first Ugandan to be appointed to the country’s Constitutional Court based on her expansive scholarly work. She was also the first East African woman to have attained a PhD in law, the first female Professor of Law in East Africa as well as the first woman to be appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University in Uganda. The focus of her first book as a law scholar was a review of female crimes through the context of their socio-cultural circumstances. Justice Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is also the author of other books including – ‘Criminal Law in Uganda: Sexual Assaults and Offences against Morality’ (2005), “Judicial Bench Book on Violence against Women in Commonwealth East Africa” (2016) among many others. Her approach has always accounted for sociological influence in the sphere of understanding law. Justice Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was a participant in UNESCO’s Judicial Training workshop conducted in Pretoria in 2017 in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, which focused on reinforcing International and African standards on issues concerning freedom of expression and safety of journalists.