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Keynote Speakers

Stephen OolaStephen Oola
Director of Conflict, Transitional Justice, and Governance Programme
The Refugee Law Project
Makerere University School of Law, Uganda

“Beyond Legalism: Human Rights and Forced Displacements – A Reflection on Uganda’s IDP Policy Implementation 2004 -2015”

In 2004 Uganda led the way on the African continent in terms of establishing its own national Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) policy. This leadership was reflected again in 2010 when it hosted a multitude of states in a conference at which the African IDP Convention was adopted. But what impact has this policy had on the ground for promotion and protection of rights of Uganda’s IDPs? My keynote address will reflect on the background, content and how the policy was implemented in Uganda, as well as share Refugee Law Project’s 15 years’ experience promoting the rights of forced migrants generally in Uganda.

Eric StoverEric Stover
Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Center

UC Berkeley College of Law, USA 

“The Disappeared, Land Mines, and Child Soldiers: Investigating Crimes, Supporting Communities”

This lecture will describe how local and international organizations have worked together to investigate and, in some cases, prosecute violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as develop support mechanisms for affected communities. International laws and treaties prohibiting forced disappearances, the use of land mines, and recruitment of child soldiers will be highlighted in the lecture.