Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Uganda - COI

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Kenechukwa Esom (LGBTI)

Email: Kene [dot] esomatgmail [dot] com

Kenechukwu Esom is a practising lawyer and a member of the Nigerian Bar. He has an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. He was involved with refugee rights issues in Uganda since 2006, first as a researcher on the rights of refugee children, and then as a Coordinator of the Child Rights/Protection Programme and Community Interpretation Programme at the Refugee Law Project. 

Frederick Laker 

Email: lakerfrederickatgmail [dot] com

Frederick Laker, Ph.D. Candidate, London School of Economics & Political Science, International Relations Department has had extensive research experience in Uganda, grounded in the field of Conflict & Peace within the international system. Frederick Laker’s thesis entitled, Rethinking Internal Displacement: Geo-Political Games, Fragile States, & the Relief Industry, is located within the complex emergency/humanitarian stream and analyses the causes of civil war, state collapse, genocide, and famine.

Devota Nuwe

Email: karunuwiatyahoo [dot] com

Devota is based in Kampala, Uganda where she works as a lawyer with refugees. She has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Kent and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University. She has a certificate in refugee status determination from Northwestern University, Chicago, US and a certificate in forced migration from Oxford University. She has worked with refugees and internally displaced persons for over 7 years in Kampala and Northern Uganda. Her expertise is in child protection, gender based violence, refugee law, humanitarian rights and women’s rights. Devota is currently working for HIAS, a global agency assisting refugees and internally displaced persons. Previously she worked with UNHCR, OHCHR and as a United Nations Volunteer with UNDP and Uganda Human Rights Commission. 

Melissa Minor Peters (LGBTI)

Email: melissa [dot] minoratgmail [dot] com
Tel: +847 53 22 117

Melissa Minor Peters recently completed a PhD in Anthropology and a Masters in Public Health at Northwestern University. Her dissertation is the first in-depth study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda. Dr. Minor Peters’ research took place as Parliament drafted, debated, and passed Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. She focuses particularly on the daily lives of transgender people in Kampala, analyzing the everyday practices through which they balance visibility and risk. 

Dr Harry Verhoeven

Email: hv89atgeorgetown [dot] edu

Prof Harry Verhoeven teaches at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University. Prof Verhoeven completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012 to 2014 and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College from 2013 to 2014. His research focuses on conflict, development and the environment the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region, including Uganda. Outside academia he has worked in the country and the region. His research includes topics such as humanitarian intervention/responsibility to protect, state building, post-liberation movements, armed conflict and climate change and water in Africa. A list of his publications can be found here: https://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/profile/harry-verhoeven.

Laura Young, JD, MPH

Email: lyoungatprorightsconsulting [dot] com

Laura is a US-trained human rights lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya who works across sub-Saharan Africa as a consultant on governance and human rights for USAID, the UN, governments, and international NGOs. Laura has published numerous articles and reports focused on conflict dynamics, gender, minority rights, transitional justice, migration, health, and other human rights issues in the African context. Laura has provided expert input for immigration and asylum cases in both the US and UK, focused on LGBT, FGM/C, domestic violence, trafficking, access to health services (including mental health and HIV), ex-combatants, ethnic minorities, disability access, police protection, and other key issues.

  

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