Uganda’s legal system follows the common law tradition where binding legal rules are gradually developed by a hierarchical judiciary that interprets and applies the Ugandan Constitution, statutes passed by Parliament, applicable international treaties, subsidiary laws, the English Common Law and doctrines of Equity, and in limited circumstances, local customary law.

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In terms of Arbitration Law, Uganda is a member of the New York Convention which means that foreign New York Convention Awards are easily enforceable in Uganda and vice versa. Uganda is also a member of the ICSID Convention (Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States).

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Cap. 4, which commenced in the year 2000, is the governing domestic statute on arbitration. It covers both domestic and international arbitration and further domesticates the New York and ICSID Conventions.

As with many countries around the globe, Uganda’s Arbitration Act is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law and its courts generally refrain from interfering with arbitration matters and awards save in well circumscribed instances.

Uganda’s specialised Commercial Court/Division is charged with consideration of applications to enforce or to set aside commercial arbitration awards and is the main source of the existing arbitration caselaw.

In this article, the first of a series, we analyse recent caselaw developments in Uganda’s Arbitration Law landscape, starting with an overview of the general legal system.

Click here to read and download the full article. 

Should you have any questions regarding the information in this legal alert, please do not hesitate to contact Moses Adriko.


Hussein Gulam – Associate