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- ItemImplementation of a revised curriculum at Uganda Christian University(Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA), 2015) Kakooza, Anthony C.K.; Dennison, BrianThe Uganda Christian University hosts a four-year LLB Programme with approximately 900 students. Class sizes typically range from 100 to 130 students and are largely lecture based. This environment is not ideal for facilitating improvements in the writing and oral presentation skills of students. In September of 2014 the Faculty of Law at Uganda Christian University launched a revised curriculum. The revised curriculum addressed perceived problem areas in educational delivery through cost-effective strategies. The utilization and leverage of teaching assistants is at the centre of its change strategies. This paper provides an overview of the change strategies and presents findings from an assessment of these strategies. The paper will be of particular interest and value to law schools in emerging states facing the challenge of large class sizes and limited resources.
- ItemThe civil, administrative and criminal law standards in intellectual property enforcement in Uganda: the good, the bad and the hoped-for(2010) Kakooza, Anthony C.K.Uganda presently lacks a National Intellectual Property Policy framework developed and supported by all interested stakeholders, and covering the policy linkages between IP and public health (including implementation of the WTO Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health in Uganda); agriculture and the environment including Plant variety protection; education, science and technology; enterprise development and regulation; protecting Uganda's rich cultural heritage and traditional knowledge; and consumer interests. This study therefore sets out to show how far Uganda has gone in stabilizing its Intellectual property rights environment, more especially in terms of enforcement of the rights involved. The first part of the study gives a summary of the Country profile with the objective of emphasizing the need for building on the Intellectual Property potential that Uganda has to offer in fostering knowledge – based economical growth. The second part analyses the present regional and International IP Policy and legal framework from which Uganda derives its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization. It proceeds to examine and discuss the efficacy of the enforcement mechanisms at the International and regional level particularly with Instruments ratified by Uganda. In the same vein, it also gives a connotational analysis of some issues prevalent in developing countries that are ignored by developed countries in their efforts to protect their trade interests through enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. The third part looks at the existing IP policy considerations, legal framework and Institutional framework in Uganda, including local jurisprudence related to IP, from which the enforcement mechanisms in place are determined. In the fourth part, this highlights the challenges and way forward for the future. It addresses recommendations as to how Uganda can come up with an effective enforcement structure for its IPR holders that befits the Country's political and socio-economic setting.
- ItemCyber crime: legal perspectives in addressing the socio-economic development of Uganda(2010) Kakooza, Anthony C.K.This paper analyzes the most common criminal practices aligned with misuse of the internet and how such practices can bring about a negative impact on the development of the Country as a whole. In that perspective, the paper explores measures that can be exploited in countering abuse of the Cyber revolution. In looking at the most prevalent practices associated with cyber crime and computer misuse, the paper also analyzes liabilities and responses that need to be undertaken by key players in modern day to day transactions in the digital era. The negative practices highlighted as well as the counter enforcement measures evaluated are meant to guide the Country in exploiting appropriate options that would benefit Uganda in its socio-economic development as it embraces electronic commerce. The paper thus seeks to convince its readership of the fact that inability to counter cyber-crime can significantly hinge on the smooth socio-economic development of any Nation.
- ItemArbitration, conciliation and mediation in Uganda: a focus on the practical aspects(Uganda Law Reform Commission, 2009) Kakooza, Anthony C.K.This article looks outside the box of adversarial litigation of matters through the Courts of law. It explores a new trend in Uganda encompassing different forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms. These include Arbitration, Conciliation, mediation and a brief look into Collaborative legal practice. The author explores the advantages and disadvantages of each of these mechanisms as he attempts to provoke the reader into determining whether ADR is a more viable means of administering justice in Uganda.
- ItemEmbracing e-commerce in Uganda: prospects and challenges(The Uganda Christian University Law Review, 2009) Kakooza, Anthony C.K.This paper makes an attempt at a rather wide area of the law. In that respect, it taps into the likely constraints that stand in the way of an effective conversion from the traditional (and in some instances, comfortable) ways of doing business to taking on a touch of modern technology in commercial transactions. Some of the most affected areas concerning business practice that are likely to draw attention include issues such as: Regulation; the validity of data messages and regulation of business content; protection of consumers and protection of Intellectual Property rights. The paper thus presents the aforementioned aspects as legal issues arising and, focusing on the perspective of Uganda as a developing country, it points out the challenges that come with embracing modern means of communication and information technology in keeping up with other key players in the global village. In posing these challenges, the paper exposes the prospects and policies that can not be ignored by a growing economy like that of Uganda especially as a participant in International trade. It thus provides necessary eye-openers and makes an attempt at a few recommendations that can help provide a smoother transition from the traditional concepts of business to that of modern technology. The paper however also poses a few issues that need to be addressed as recommendations if e-commerce is to thrive comfortably within Uganda.