Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Maternal Health Rights, Politics and the Law - Prof. Ben Twinomugisha

Event Date
Friday, 28 April 2017 - 2:30pm
Event Info

This is an open invitation to staff and all interested parties to an Inaugural Lecture by Professor Ben Kiromba Twinomugisha of Makerere University, School of Law, to be held on 28th April 2017 at Makerere University Main Hall starting at 2:30pm. The title of the inaugural lecture is: "MATERNAL HEALTH RIGHTS, POLITICS AND THE LAW."

Brief Profile:

Ben Kiromba Twinomugisha is a Professor of Law and former Dean, School of Law, Makerere University. He is the first Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree graduate of Makerere University. He has previously worked in Ministry of Lands as a Lands Officer, National College of Business Studies as a lecturer and practised law with Sam Kutesa & Co. Advocates and Twinomugisha Shokoro & Co. Advocates.  He has more than 30 years of experience in academia and legal practice in areas including commercial law and public law, as they pertain to issues of international and domestic law.  He has taught and examined in a number of universities in the region. He has also published in the areas of environmental law, gender, health and human rights. He has recently published a multidisciplinary book, Fundamentals of Health Law in Uganda. Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press (2015).  He is also a Rotarian, Rotary Club of Ntinda.


Uganda is a party to international and human rights instruments that recognize maternal health rights (MHRs). It also has a Constitution and policy frameworks, which contain provisions with a bearing on MHRs.  In spite of the recognition of MHRs in legal and policy frameworks, realization of these rights remains elusive as evidenced by the alarming rates of maternal mortality and morbidity.  Consequently, this lecture seeks to answer the following question: why does realization of MHRs remain elusive in Uganda?  I argue that realization of MHRs remains elusive because the Ugandan state, which has the primary responsibility to protect MHRs, relies on neo-liberal policies and criminal laws, which exalt private and class interests to the detriment of maternal health issues.  I also argue that it is not a mere lack of resources that explains non-realization of MHRs in Uganda, but absence  of political will to tackle the structural causes of maternal mortality and morbidity.  The lecture advances juridical, administrative and other measures to tackle neo-liberal policies, criminal laws, and inequitable gender relations, which inhibit women from realizing their MHRs.

Professorial Inaugural Lecture Committee:

1.  Prof. Elly N. Sabiiti----------Chairperson

2.  Prof. Oswald Ndoleriire--------Member

3.  Prof. Ruth Mukama--------------Member

4.  Prof. David Bakibinga----------Member

5.  Prof. H. Oryem-Origa-----------Member


Mr.Thomas Baguma------Department of the Academic Registrar

Ms Dorothy Kabanda----- Department of the Academic Registrar

Ms Grace Nakasi-----------Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

Event Venue
Main Hall
Category by Unit
School of Law
Contact Info
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