Brief Course Description:
This course introduces students to the constitutional history of Uganda from the pre-colonial states to the promulgation of the 1995 Constitution. It covers the political events that shaped the current constitution of Uganda.
Course Learning Outcome:
By the end of this course a student should be able to:
- Explain the different types of constitutions
- Explain the political, socio-economic and cultural factors which influenced the evolution of constitutional law and politics in Uganda from pre-colonial times to date.
- Learn the different methods of making Constitutions
- Types of Constitutions
- Origins of the Constitutional States in Anglo American Jurisprudence
- Pre-colonial African and Ugandan governance
- Colonial rule in Uganda
- World events and constitutionalism
- Pre Independence settlements
- Post independence constitutional developments (1962-1995)
- The making of 1995 constitution
Mode of Delivery:
Lectures, tutorials, student presentations, guest speakers
Final Examination 70%
- Constitutions of Uganda, 1962,1966, 1967.
- Uganda Agreement 1900.
- Uganda Orders in Council 1902.
- Uganda Independence Order in Council 1962.
- Legal Notices 1/71, 1/79 and 1/86.
- Constitutional Review Commission Statute 5/88.
- Constituent Assembly Statute 6/93.
- Hansen, H.B. and M. Twaddle (eds): (1995)From Chaos to Order: The Politics of Constitution-Making in Uganda (Kampala/London: Fountain/James Currey).
- Kanyeihamba, G.W. (1975): Constitutional Law and Government in Uganda (East African Literature Bureau)
- Kanyeihamba, G.W (2002). Constitutional and Political History of Uganda from 1894 to the Present, Centenary Publications.
- Kiapi, A. (1975), Theory of Government and Constitutional Law in East Africa
- Morris, H.W. and J.S. Read (1966), Uganda: The Development of Its Laws and Constitution ,London, Stevens.
- Mukholi, D. (1995) A Complete Guide to Uganda’s Fourth Constitution: History, Politics and the Law, Kampala, Fountain Publishers)
- Okumu-Wengi, R. (1994)Founding the Constitution of Uganda: Essays and Materials Uganda Law Watch
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1993),‘Judicial Power and Constitutionalism in Uganda’, CBR Working Paper No. 30.
- Baldwin, F.E. (1991), Freedom and Constitutionalism in Emerging African States, A SpecialLook at Uganda with Possible Lessons for a United South Africa, 9 Int’l LJ 301.
- Ddungu E., and A.A. Wabwire, (1989), Electoral Mechanisms and the Democratic Process, the 1989 RC-NRC Elections’, CBR Working Paper No. 9.
- Ghai, Y. (1990) ‘The Rule of Law in Africa, Reflections on the Limits ofConstitutionalism’, Commonwealth Secretariat.
- Gariyo, Z. ‘The Press and Democratic Struggles in Uganda, 1962-1990’, CBR Working Paper No. 24.
- Howard, R.E. 1985).‘Legitimacy and Class Rule in Commonwealth Africa: Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law’, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 2.
- Jjuuko, F.W, (1995). ‘The State, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Africa’, EA Journal of Peace andHuman Rights, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 1.
- Kiapi, A., 1989), ‘The Constitution as a Mediator in Internal Conflict’, in K. Rupesinghe (ed.), Conflict Resolution in Uganda.
- Langseth P., et al (eds) (1995) Uganda: Landmarks in Rebuilding a Nation Kampala, Fountain Publishers).
- Mamdani, M. (1990). ‘The Social Basis of Constitutionalism in Africa’, Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3.
- Mamdani, M. (1995), ‘The Politics of Democratic Reform in Uganda’, EA Jnl of Peace and Human Rights, p. 91.
- Mazrui, A.A, ‘Violent Constitutionalism in Uganda’, in Mazrui, A.A. (ed.), Essays in Violence and Thought (London: Longmans) 17-162.
- McIlwain, C.H. (1969), Constitutionalism and the Changing World (Cambridge UP).
- Mujaju, A.B.: 1995). ‘The Status of the Democratic Party in thepolitics of the NationalResistance Movement, EA Jnl of Peace and Human Rights, Vol. 2, No. 1.
- Mutesa, E.F.(1967), The Desecration of My Kingdom.
- Nwabueze, B.O. 1974).Constitutionalism in Emerging States’, East Afr. Law Rev., Vol. 7, No. 1.
- Nsereko, D.N.N (1993, ‘The Police, Human Rights and the Constitution: An African Perspective’) 15(3) Human Rights Quarterly.
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1990), ‘Armed Conflict, Political Violence and the Human Rights Monitoring inUganda, 1971 to 1990, CBR Working Paper No. 12.
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1990) ‘Police Powers, the State and Human Rights in Kenya andUganda: A Comparative Analysis’Third World Legal Studies.
- and S. Tindifa: ‘Constitutionalism in Uganda: Report on a Survey and Workshop of OrganisedGroups’, CBR Publications No. 10 of 1991.
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1995) ‘Constitutional Transition in Museveni’s Uganda, New Horizonsor Another False Start?’, 39(2) Journal of Afr. Law.
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1996) ‘Expunging the Ghost of ex parte Matovu: Challenges facing theJudiciary in the 1995 Constitution’Makerere L.J.
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1996) ‘Reflections on the Process of Constitutional Development in Uganda’, in Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung/East Africa Law Soc., Constitutionalism, Human Rights and Regional Integration (Mombasa).
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1997). ‘Uganda’s “Benevolent” Dictatorship’, Current History, 96
- Oloka-Onyango, J. (1997). ‘The Question of Buganda in Contemporary Uganda Politics’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2
- Smith de, S.A. (1962), ‘Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth Today’, Malaya Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 4.
- Ssempebwa, F.E. ‘Kelsen and the Courts: Matovu’s Case Reviewed in the Light of the Pakistan cases of AsmaJilani and ZarinaGauhar’ 2(2) Uganda Law Focus
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 35 hours
- Students 26
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes