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Institute's Work Leads to Declaration of Unconstitutionality of Ugandan Death Penalty

The mandatory imposition of the death penalty in Uganda was declared unconstitutional as a result of the Africa Death Penalty project, said Keir Starmer QC at the launch of the Institute's Human Rights Manual and Sourcebook for Africa at the House of Lords on 10 February 2006.

Hosted by Lord Avebury, together with the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) and British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the publication was an output of the Legal Tools for Commonwealth Africa project, managed by BIICL working together with BHRC. The project was funded by the European Commission, the Nuffield Foundation, the UK Department for Constitutional Affairs and the International Bar Association.

In addition to the publication, the project trained lawyers and judges in Africa and established a network of over 200 human rights lawyers. Further information about the project can be found at

At the launch presentations were made by Lord Avebury, Theodora Christou and Keir Starmer QC (authors of the publication), Udo Jude Ilo, Chikosa Banda and Mark Muller, Director of the Bar Human Rights Committee. Links were made between the project and publication with constitutional challenges to the mandatory death sentence primarily in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi.

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