Media Advisory: President of East African Court of Justice to visit UH law school

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Diane Chang, (808) 722-3197
UH Communications
Bev Creamer
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Mar 1, 2019

Emmanuel Ugirashebuja
Emmanuel Ugirashebuja

An international justice known for his deep knowledge of topics that include the Rwandan genocide, environmental issues and the rebuilding of the East Africa judicial system will visit the William S. Richardson School of Law on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa campus next week, March 4-8, 2019.

The Honorable Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, president of the East African Court of Justice, is the law school’s 2019 International Jurist-in-Residence.

The public is invited to his March 7 talk story, “Judicial Renewal in East Africa: Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights and Sustainability,” from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Classroom 2.

Ugirashebuja is from Rwanda and is serving as president of the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania, for a seven-year term until 2021.

He previously served as dean of the University of Rwanda Law School and as a member of the Rwandan Superior Council of Judiciary and Supreme Council of Prosecution. The expert and arbitrator in national and international arbitrations has written numerous academic and conference papers.

He has law degrees from the former National University of Rwanda and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

During his visit to Honolulu, President Ugirashebuja will also meet with the Hawai’i Supreme Court; lawyers and UH law school students, faculty and staff; as well as Kaiser High students in the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

“We are particularly honored that Justice Ugirashebuja is visiting this year as our first International Jurist-in-Residence from Africa,” said Dean Avi Soifer. “Through this program, our students, faculty and staff, as well as aspiring attorneys, UH Mānoa community and the entire state, gain important insights about perspectives on justice and different approaches around the world.”

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