Uganda: Judicial Independence Reaffirmed
JUDGES of Uganda’s constitutional court have come to the rescue of two judicial colleagues, finding that the statutory five-year limited term of office of the industrial court bench undermined judicial independence and was unconstitutional and therefore invalid.
2017 saw many challenges for judiciaries in Africa, including a number of threats from the executive, electoral difficulties and political instability, as well as many examples of extraordinary judicial independence and courage. Some examples that come to mind are the Kenyan Constitutional Court’s decision to nullify the elections ; Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice and JSC’s fearless defence of the system of judicial appointments; The Seychelles Appeal Court judges speaking truth even when it involved one of their own; Malawi trying its first case under their new Gender Equality Act; Zambia grappling with balancing the rights of traditional culture, freedom of religion and international law and constitutional obligations and Uganda fleshing out the issue of the awarding of cost orders in Constitutional matters under the new constitution.
JIFA is running its 2nd "Introduction to Human Rights for Judges" course this week. There are 23 participants from 10 different SADC countries attending the course.
Vanja Karth participated in an experts meeting on Judicial Integrity hosted by the UNODC in Vienna 28-29 August 2017.
More information about the experts meeting and the UNODC can be found here.