Legal experts meet on the rule of law

By Carol Natukunda

The conference is intended to provide a platform for participants to engage in strategy and policy discussions

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African public officials, legal experts and civil society representatives meet this week in Dares salaam from 1st to 2nd June to discuss issues concerning the rule of law on the continent.

Uganda’s delegation includes the Supreme Court justice, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa and the head of the Anti-Corruption Court Justice Lawrence Gidudu.

Co-hosted by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Tanzanian government, the meeting will focus on how the rule of law underpins critical development goals and aspirations agreed by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations.

In May 2013, AU initiated a 50 year development Action plan dubbed Agenda 2063, which lays out several aspirations including democracy and good governance.

Similarly, in September 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 corresponding targets.

The SDGs will orient the next 15 years of global investment in development priorities, following the Millennium Development Goals.

“This conference, is intended to provide a platform for participants to engage in strategy and policy discussions, exchange knowledge and experience, and strengthen partnerships within Africa and with the international community,” said IDLO’s Victoria Holdsworth in a statement.

Holdsworth also said the topics are constitution building and legal reform, gender and health issues, equality and empowerment through justice among others.