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East Africa Initiative

Our East Africa Initiative is simply a response to God’s leading. Primarily centered in South Sudan, Uganda (including a Uganda Study Abroad Program), Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Center for Global Justice’s East Africa Initiative is focused around advancing the rule of law and protecting the weak and vulnerable. East Africa is growing exponentially and has great potential. Most of East Africa’s legal systems are based on the common law, the foundation of the English and American legal systems. Moreover, they speak English. Accordingly, we have the opportunity to make a significant impact in this region. We desire to use our legal skills to support those already working in East Africa to build nations that will uphold justice, adhere to the rule of law, and respect basic human rights.

In South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, we are working to help build the rule of law and assist the nation in changing from sharia (Islamic law) to common law, the foundation of the English and American legal systems. Once things stabilize after the recent conflict, the Center, in conjunction with African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, intends to travel to South Sudan to host a Christian lawyers conference. Presentation topics include the practice of lawyering and judging as ministry, the Christian foundations of the rule of law in the common law, morality and the law, and how one lawyer can impact the rule of law. It is hoped that this conference will be the first of many efforts of the Center to train and encourage South Sudanese lawyers and judges.

In Uganda, Regent Law runs a four-week study abroad program in Mukono, approximately 45 minutes outside of Kampala. The program is for students who want to begin an informed relationship with the people and legal challenges of East Africa.  In Uganda, the fight against corruption and for the rule of law is vital, as are struggles for the human rights and legal empowerment of the Ugandan people.  Uganda provides a rich learning environment for students who are passionate about global justice and interested in East African legal issues. 

In addition, the Center student staff works on a number of projects for different organizations in Uganda, including the Land & Equity Movement, Kyampisi Childcare Ministries, and IJM. The Center also sponsors numerous internships in Uganda every summer where students work on combatting child sacrifice and land grabbing, among other issues. And our 2014 symposium, Advancing the Rule of Law in East Africa, featured many lawyers from Uganda and served as a backdrop for our work there.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Center for Global Justice works with Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) in Beni, DR Congo. UCBC is a bilingual Christian University dedicated to training men and women in various fields of study from a biblical worldview. Currently, UCBC does not have a law school, but is very interested in creating a school that will train Christian lawyers to promote the rule of law and seek justice for the oppressed. Read more >