Henry Onoria

in International Law and Domestic Legal Systems

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694907
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731914 | DOI:

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The relationship between international law and the domestic legal system in Uganda is characterized by constitutional silence juxtaposed with legislative references and judicial pronouncements. The result is a fluid situation in which the legislature and the judiciary have endeavoured to assign international law a position in Uganda's domestic legal system. While the exercise of the legislative powers of Parliament in implementing treaties attests to the dualist traditions, the judicial approaches mark an effort to step out of that framework. The decisions of the courts underscore the significant role of treaties and treaty obligations especially for the protection and enforcement of human rights. Although the judicial decisions regarding customary international law are scanty, they demonstrate a growing reliance on non-traditional sources of international law, including ‘soft law’ instruments.

Keywords: Ugandan law; customary international law; constitutional law; domestic legal system; domestic law

Chapter.  14412 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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