23 October 2014 at 18:00 Lund University Hall
Margaret Sekaggya is a Ugandan lawyer and academic and is currently the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (since May 2008). Ms. Sekaggya is also the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), a post she has held since its establishment in 1996, a member of the UN High Level Task Force on the Rights to Development, a board member of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and Chairperson of the Commonwealth Forum for National Human Rights Institutions (2007-2009).
Ms. Sekaggya holds an LLB degree from Makerere University in Uganda and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Zambia. From 1982 to 1990, she was a lecturer at the UN Institute for Namibia, where she taught on the criminal justice system, including the rights of peoples and, from 1990 to 1995, she was principal lecturer at the Law Development Centre in Uganda. In 1995, Ms. Sekaggya was appointed Judge of the High Court of Uganda. She also was a Commissioner with the Ugandan Interim Electoral Commission, which organized the 1996 elections and in which she dealt with human rights issues.