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 Dr. Robert Doya Nanima

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Criminal Justice and Procedure
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: LLD (Public Law), LLM (Human Rights Protection) (University of the Western Cape) Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Centre, Kampala), LLB (Makerere University, Kampala)


 Dr Nanima’s research interests include human rights at the international, regional and national levels, criminal justice and procedure and admissibility of evidence. He previously served as a post-doctoral researcher in the Children Rights Project of the Dullah Omar Institute from 2019 to 2020. During this period he was closely involved with the work of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children (ACERWC) and particularly on projects and outputs of the African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP). He was involved in the drafting of General Comment No 6 on Article 22 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on Children in Situations of Conflict. He was also a resource person matters of children and armed conflict at various national and international fora. He was also involved in research on the socio-economic rights of children and vulnerable persons. This informed various research activities and community engagements. Prior to joining the University of the Western Cape, he actively served as a State Attorney with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Uganda from 2008 to 2014. During his tenure, he prosecuted in the Uganda Courts of Judicature. He has published a number of articles in accredited national and international journals and presented papers at both national and international conferences.


Journal Articles and book chapters                             

1.  RD Nanima ‘Adjudication of Corporal Punishment and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: An evaluation of the Kenyan Experience’ in Maurice Amutabi and Linnet Hamasi Diversity and Sustainable Development in Africa (ed) (forthcoming)(CEHURD: 2020).

2.  RD Nanima and E Durojaye ‘Access to Justice in Kenya in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16.3 on the Rule of Law: Lessons for the upcoming 2020 Voluntary National Review Report’ in Maurice Amutabi and Linnet Hamasi Politics and Sustainable Development in Africa (ed) (forthcoming)(CEHURD: 2020). 

3.  E Durojaye & RD Nanima ‘From Muhammed and others to De Beer and others: striking the balance between public health measures and human rights during Covid-19 era in South Africa‘ (2020) Commonwealth Law Bulletin 1-20.

4.  RD Nanima ‘A right to a fair trial in Uganda’s Judicature (Visual-Audio Link) Rules: embracing the challenges in the era of Covid-19‘ (2020)46(3) Commonwealth Law Bulletin 351-414.

5.  RD Nanima ‘Evaluating the jurisprudence of the African Commission on evidence obtained through human rights violations’ (2020) 53 De Jure 307-311.

6.   RD Nanima ‘From Regulations to Courts: An Evaluation of the Inclusive and Exclusive Criteria on Children with Co-Caregivers in the Era of Covid-19‘ (2020) 21(3) Economic and Social Rights Review 10-14.

7.   RD Nanima & L Mwambene ‘Access to Justice, Gender and Customary Marriage Laws in Malawi’ in David L, Dubin A and Mwambene L (eds.) Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2020) pp. 91-101.

8.   RD Nanima ‘The ACHPR and ACERWC on Ending Child Marriage: Revisiting the Prohibition as a Legislative Measure’ (2019) 20(3) Economic and Social Rights Review 9-13.

9.   RD Nanima Mental Health and Migration: Interim Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Dainius Pūras, 27 July 2018 (2019) 20(2) Economic and Social Rights Review 23-29.

10. RD Nanima & E Durojaye ‘Four years following the ratification of the ICESCR and emerging jurisprudence from South Africa: a step in the right direction?’ (2019) 29 Law, Democracy and Development  270- 298.

11.  RD Nanima ‘Deprivation of Liberty and the Right to Health: Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Dainius Pūras (10 April 2018)’ 20(1) Economic and Social Rights Review 22-24.

12.  RD Nanima ‘The (non) enforcement of the right to a fair trial with regard to the admissibility of evidence obtained through human rights violations: a comment on Uganda’s Human Rights (Enforcement) Act (2019)’ (2019) 27(4) African Journal of International Comparative Law 654- 661.

13.  RD Nanima ‘The Prevention of Organised Crime Act 1998: the need for extraterritorial jurisdiction to prosecute the higher echelons of those involved in rhino poaching.’ (2019)22 Porchefstroom / Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad 1-46

14.  RD Nanima, C Albertus and AJ Hamman ‘Voice evidence in criminal trials: Reflections on the court’s application of section 37(1) (c) of the CPA in S v Mahlangu 2018 (2) SACR 64 (GP)’ (2019) 1 South African Journal of Criminal Justice 76-85.

15.  RD Nanima ‘The enjoyment of the right to health beyond areas of armed conflict: an evaluation of Kenya’s practice and jurisprudence on refugee children’ in Maurice Amutabi Africa's new deal (ed) 257-268  (CEHURD: 2019).

16.  RD Nanima “From physical to online spaces in the age of the #FeesMustFall protests: A Critical Interpretative Synthesis of writing centres in emergency situations” (2019) 57 Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus 99-116.

17.  RD Nanima ‘Using the Political Question Doctrine with regard to the [non] adjudication of the right to health: a review of Centre for Health Human Rights & Development and 3 Others v Attorney General (2011)’ (2018) 19(3) Economic and Social Rights Review 15-19.

18. RD Nanima ‘Ambiguity in the Definition: The Need for Caution in Prosecuting Persons Under the Anti-pornography Act’ (2018) Statute Law Review 1-18.

19. RD Nanima ‘Mainstreaming the 'Abortion Question' into the Right to Health in Uganda’ (2018) 19(2) Economic and Social Rights Review 6-11.                                                                                                                                   

20. RD Nanima ‘A missing link in the Traditional Courts Bill 2017: Evidence obtained through human rights violations’ (2018)65 South African Criminal Quarterly 23-31.

21. RD NanimaAbusing the accused? Unpacking the use of entrapments in Uganda's fight against corruption’ (2018)2(1) Journal of Anti-corruption Law 109-131.

22.  S Clarence, P Nwati and RD Nanima ‘The role of questioning in writing tutorials: a critical approach to student-centered learning in peer tutorials in higher education’ (2018) 26 (3) Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 1-19

23.  RD Nanima ‘Revisiting the normative framework of   African Commission in the context of evidence obtained through human rights violations: Has it served its purpose?’ (2018) (1) African Human Rights Law Journal 1-28. 

24.  RD Nanima ‘From Kampala to Harare: The need to revisit the Kelsenian theory on the adoption of a new legal order’ in Maurice Amutabi Governance and Economic   Development in Africa  (ed)  (CEHURD: 2018).

25.  RD Nanima ‘Barnard v Minister of Justice:  the minister’s verdict:  Deciding on parole for offenders serving life sentences’ (2017) 59 (1) South Africa Criminal Quarterly 19- 26.                                     

26.  RD Nanima ‘The need for a review of plea bargaining in Uganda: A reflection on the experiences under common law, and in South Africa’ (2017) 4 (1) Journal of Comparative Law in Africa 24-44.

27.  RD Nanima ‘Prosecution of rhino poachers: the need to focus on the prosecution of the higher echelons of organized crime networks’ (2016) 9 (4) African  Journal of Legal Studies  221-234.

28.  RD Nanima ‘An evaluation of Kenya’s parallel regime on refugees and the Court’s guarantee of their rights’ (2017) Law, Democracy and Development  42-67.

29.  RD Nanima ‘Admission of confessions in Uganda: Unpacking the theoretical, substantive and procedural considerations of the Supreme Court’ East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (2017) 1, 105-125.  

30.  RD Nanima ‘The Drafting History of U​​​ganda’s Penal Code and Challenges to its implementation’ (2017) 38 (2) Statute Law Review 226239.

31.  RD Nanima ‘The Legal Status of Evidence obtained through Human Rights Violations in Uganda’ (2016) 19 Porchefstroom / Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad 1-34.  

B) Technical Reports                                                     

32.   RD Nanima and E Durojaye ‘The socio-economic rights impacts of Covid-19 in selected communities in informal settlements of Cape Town’ (Dullah Omar Institute).

33.   RD Nanima and E Durojaye ‘Paying Lip Service to Access to Justice?: A review of African Countries’ Voluntary National Reviews on SDG 16.3 to the High Level Political Forum on SDGs 2019’. (Dullah Omar Institute and African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice 2019).




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