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The Human Rights and Covid19 webinar is a virtual dialogue that will bring together human rights lawyers and practitioners from the civil society, private practice and the judiciary in Uganda to discuss the legal response during the Covid19 pandemic and how to enhance access to justice. The event will examine the sequence and ease of use of ICT in adjudicating matters and the potential of ICT systems in the courts of law to advance rapid legal response in human rights cases in Uganda.

The Webinar will provide an opportunity for many lawyers, human rights actors, and defenders with interest to provoke discussions by highlighting the core legal issues. The session will be moderated by directing questions to each of the panelists basing on their experiences on the subject.

Panelists’ Bio

The panelists are renowned human rights lawyers who are using ICT to protect rights and represent their clients in courts of law during the COVID-19 era:

  • Nicholas Opiyo Nicholas is a leading human rights lawyer and founder of Chapter Four Uganda, an organization that provides research, advocacy, and outreach services to influence laws, policies, and practices in the interest of civil liberties and human rights.
  • Solomon Muyita Solomon is the Principal Communications person at the Judiciary of Uganda. He is responsible for managing media relationships; projecting the Judiciary brand; creating awareness about the Courts of Judicature; as well as raising the profile of the institution within the Justice, Law and Order Sector, the media, and the general public. Initiated brand strategy and image revitalization focused on the restoration of public confidence in the courts.
  • Primah Kwagala Primah is a human rights lawyer and team lead at Women’s Pro Bono initiative, an organization that aims at utilizing legal tools to bring justice to women and girls that cannot afford it through the use of Commercial lawyers.
  • Onyango Owor Owor is a lawyer and managing partner at Onyango and Company Advocates. He has extensive experience handling public interest cases before the Constitutional Court. He recently launched a Virtual law firm to enable him to extend legal services amidst the Covid19 lockdown.


  • Phoebe Murungi Phoebe is the Director of Legal Services at Barefoot Law, a non-profit organization working to make access to justice and the law readily available to the public through the innovative use of digital technology, as well as other traditional methods such as legal clinics and community sensitization.

Webinar Date/Time

The Webinar will take place on the 28th of May 2020 at 2:00 – 4:00 pm EAT.


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