The Uganda Law Reform Commission was set up in 1990 as a permanent autonomous body under the Uganda Law Reform Commission Statute No. 7 of 1990, now Cap 25. This followed the appointment of an advisory committee in 1989 that was set up by the Attorney General to investigate and recommend to him the machinery best suited for law reform so as to make it more effective in Uganda. This body is charged with a task of forming and revising the laws of Uganda. Prior to this, law revision and law reform were carried out under a department of the Ministry of Justice.
The objective of translation is to promote public awareness and enhance usability of the Constitution as well as improve access to justice.
The state has the responsibility to promote public awareness of the Constitution. Article 4(a) of the Constitution requires the state to promote public awareness through translating it into Ugandan languages and disseminating it as widely as possible.
The Uganda Law Reform Commission is preparing a Cumulative Supplement to the laws of Uganda. The main purpose/objective of the Cumulative Supplement is to provide the reader/user of the Statute Book with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the current status of all the laws of Uganda as at 31st December, 2015.
The Cumulative Supplement contains all the laws of Uganda together with their respective amendments and all the statutory instruments that have been made under them. It also provides a list of various laws that have been repealed and all the statutory instruments that have been revoked or spent.
THE CONCEPT OF FINANCIAL CRIME: IS IT A MORAL OR ECONOMIC ISSUE? – Professor Agasha Mugasha.
In this paper, the author questions whether financial crime is a moral question or an economic one and goes ahead to highlight the lack of a well-articulated, globally-shared concept of financial crime. The author further states that financial crime is on the rise globally and several attempts are being made to check it as it is a great hindrance to economic growth. However in spite of increased legislation, the various forms of financial crime are still ever present with new forms and examples creeping up each day. Although the main goal of curbing financial crime is to limit its drastic economic effects, a conclusive global approach on how to curb it has yet to be agreed upon. The paper points out the benefits that would come with a common global approach and urges the international cooperation in achieving that goal.
The Explosives Act (Cap 298) was enacted during the colonial period in 1936 and has not been reviewed ever. The purpose of the Act is to regulate the manufacture, storage, sale, transportation, importation, exportation and the use of explosives in Uganda with the ultimate aim of securing the health and safety of Ugandans.
The Commission is carrying out simplification of the Contracts Act. The purpose of the project is to present, to end-users, the Contracts Act in a simpler and easy to read form. A draft Simplified Contract Act has been prepared and will be presented to the stakeholders to validate it in terms of diction and comprehension. It is expected to be ready for publication by June 2016.
The Commission has commenced the revision of subsidiary legislation as part of the major law revision project. At the time of reporting four (4) out of twelve (12) volumes had been revised. The project is expected to be completed during the financial year 2017/18.
A compendium of all the repealed Constitutions of Uganda is being compiled. The purpose is to document the history of constitutional development in independent Uganda and provide a consolidated document that provides an easy point of reference on the constitutional history of Uganda.
The Commission has compiled a compendium of electoral laws incorporating amendments made to the Constitution and Acts of Parliament relating to elections in Uganda as at 31st December 2015. The purpose of the compendium is to consolidate electoral laws and facilitate ease of reference for stakeholders. The compendium is completed and will be published by the end of March 2016.