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The growth and development of mediation and arbitration in Uganda is a success story in the making. Uganda passed an excellent modern Arbitration and Conciliation statute in 2000. A national dispute resolution center is now in operation in Kampala and the Commercial Division of the High Court put into place a program of court-annexed mediation that promises to be one of the best in the developing world.

Despite these great advances, there have also been setbacks and political uncertainty in supporting the growth of ADR in Uganda. The International Law Institute has invited Lord Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire of the High Court of Uganda to discuss the future of ADR in that country and in East Africa.

Lord Justice Kiryabwire has been a leading actor in the development of ADR in Uganda. As a Justice of the Commercial Division of the High Court, he now oversees the Court’s fledgling program of court-annexed mediation. As a private attorney, he assisted in drafting the new Arbitration and Conciliation Act and in enlisting support for the new law. Justice Kiryabwire’s views on lessons learned in Uganda will be of help to anyone interested in the development of ADR regimes in Africa.

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2006 12:00 – 2:00 pm (a light lunch will be served)

Where: The International Law Institute The Foundry Building 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC

RSVP to: Yacine Barry at ybarry at ili dot org or (202) 247-6006 (ext. 122).