The Rules of the Game – How the Elections in Uganda are won

COMMENT Carsten Möller 14 January 2021 The rulebook of the popular card game “Munchkin” includes only a few rules. One states, “Any other disputes should be settled by loud arguments, with the owner of the game having the last word.”[1] What might cause hilarious disputes amongst friends can result in tragedy if the game is…

Presidential Elections in Uganda – Of Bobi Wine and ‘the struggle’

ANALYSIS Diana Kisakye 13 January 2021 On January 14th 2021, 76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni will face his most-unexpected rival thus far, 38-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine. The musician-cum-politician has, over the past few years, shifted the focus of Ugandan politics from ethnic-regional to generational concerns. Wine has instrumentalised his opponent’s old age to…

Challenges and Chances in the Somali Legal System

ANALYSIS René Brosius 11 December 2020 In many ways, dealing with Somalia is a look into the unknown. The complex social structures, violent conflicts and strong traditions have left researchers, traders, explorers, colonial powers and scientists both fascinated and perplexed. Somali society has opened itself up to only a few, but hardly to anybody fully.…

COVID-19: Implications on the EAC Regional Economic Community

ANALYSIS Dr. Daniel Shayo 04 November 2020 On the 11th March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. Consequently, governments worldwide were urged to adopt safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The measures adopted varied from banning of public and social gatherings; leading to, among others,…

Protection of Children Deprived of their Family Environment: The Right to Alternative Care in Tanzania

OPINION Veronica Buchumi 27 November 2020 The importance of a family environment for a child A loving, happy, and understanding family environment is all a child could wish and need for full and harmonious development of his or her personality. Ideally, all children deserve and ought to grow up in the care of their biological…

International Day of the Child

COMMENT Prof. Fareda Banda 20 November 2020 In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the protagonist, a Black girl explains how she no longer believes in God because he had failed to answer her fervent and heartfelt prayers for him to give her blue eyes.[1] For her, blue eye, like those of the ubiquitous white dolls,…

Presidential Elections in Kenya and Malawi – The Importance of Ballot Rigging

ANALYSIS Laura Radzey 13 November 2020 The right to vote is fundamental for any democratic state. Yet simply holding elections is not sufficient if the standards of free, fair and democratic elections are not implemented. The consequences of electoral manipulation can be very well seen in the cases of the presidential elections in Kenya (2017)…

Tourism-related land rights conflicts in Namibia – the Etosha Case: Tsumib v. Government of the Republic of Namibia

COMMENT Lisa Strube 6 November 2020 Nowadays, it is undisputed that tourism does not only bring positive aspects. Specifically in countries of the Global South, the tourism sector often hides a high potential for conflicts. Imbalanced power relations between the individual actors are the dark side of the travel industry and often lead to human…

Climate Justice in the Global South

The Chair of African Legal Studies hosted a Seminar on Climate Justice in the Global South. Watch the lectures of leading experts from around the Globe! Part 1: International Institutional Arrangements on Climate Change – Dr. Stephen Turner  Part 2: International Legal Frameworks on Climate Change – Prof. Philippe Cullet Part 3: The African Union…

Education Qualifications as part of Matrimonial Property

ANALYSIS JOAN SMARTS MUKISA 30 October 2020 Matrimonial property is defined as property jointly acquired during the subsistence of a marriage[1]. The nature of contribution can be direct (monetary) or indirect through offering domestic services.[2] Usually the scope of matrimonial property is already existing property and not future property. This is probably why the legal…