The relevance of the amnesty law on justice in Uganda

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Kampala International University.College of Law
This research pursues an insight into the enactment of the Amnesty Act 2000 and its implication on justice in Uganda, with particular regard to the criminal justice model. The jurisdiction of the research focuses on Uganda although relevance of other jurisdictions is not precluded. The research has been conducted largely using a qualitative method of data collection as this is the method most suited. The research shows that in the pursuit of peace, justice has been battered for political compromise and there by crippled. The justice model in Uganda generally relies on both retributive and deterrent elements with regard to criminal justice, and section 2(2) of the Atm1esty Act unequivocally deprives this facet in enforcing the mle of law. This deprivation has awakened an appetite for accountability and the research aims to explore the growing trend towards an anti-impunity position, by relying on international precedence to prove criminal justice sustains its character as a necessary facet for post conflict resolution. The findings of the research state that in as much as ruID1esty has not lost its relevance for post conflict societies, it however necessitates a constrained application so as not to shred the effectual operation of the criminal justice. The recommendations address the inadequacies of the act that represent a hindrance for an effective justice system. These recommendations if implemented are the tools essential for maintaining the nature of criminal justice.
Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of bachelor of Laws of Kampala International University
Relevance, Amnesty, Law, Justice