The 8th EAMJA (East African Magistrates and Judges Association) conference was held in Arusha at the Ngurudoto Mountain Lodge between the 17th to the 21st of May, 2010. Members from national Associations JMAT, KMJA, UJOA, CMJA and EACJ were in attendance. Rwanda was also represented at the conference.
The theme of the Conference was ‘The Role of National Courts and Regional Courts in Protecting Human Rights and Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence.’
The Conference was opened by His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete the President of the Republic of Tanzania. (Read the speech). The retiring Chief Justice of Tanzania, Mr Augustino Ramadhani played host to the Chief Justices from sister East African nations Uganda, Kenya and Zanzibar. He, in his remarks lauded the government for improving the remuneration of the judges, saying it motivated them to work even harder than before. He also stated that Tanzania upholds and encourages the freedom of speech and that the judiciary considered it ‘most sacred of all freedoms.’
Various papers were presented on the Role of National and Regional Courts in protecting human rights and developing human rights jurisprudence; the Role and place of Media, civil society and Academia in safeguarding and promoting human rights; the Role of the Media, Civil Society and intellectuals in safeguarding and promoting human rights; the Role of National and regional Courts in Protecting human rights and developing Human rights Jurisprudence: The Ugandan experience; the Right to Political Participation and Elections in East Africa; Facilitating access to justice through legal Aid; Models ,Laws and Practices in East Africa: A case of Uganda; the Right to Political Participation and Elections in East Africa; facilitating access to justice through legal aid services and on the role of the media; the role of the civil society and the academia in safeguarding and promoting human rights in EA and the right to political participation and elections in the region. Some of the distinguished presenters were :-
- Hon Justice Harold Nsekera , Justice of appeal, Court of Appeal Tanzania and President East African Court of Justice.(read paper)
- Prof. P J Kibudi of faculty of Law University of Dar es salaam.(read paper)
- Prof. John- Jean Barya, Associate Professor of Law, Makerere University.(read paper)
- Hon Mr. Justice Amos Twinomujuni, Justice Court of Appeal / Constitutional Court of Uganda(read paper)
- Mrs Hellen Obura, Secretary Uganda Law Council.(read paper)
- Mr. George Kegoro, Executive Director, International Commission of Jurists-Kenya .(read paper)
- Mrs. Florence Simbiri-Jaoko, the KNCHR Chairperson.(read paper)
The 2011 Conference will be held in Uganda and hosted by the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA). The Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA) Conference 2010 will be held between 13-16, 2010, University of Brighton, Mithras, Brighton House,UK. Visit http://www.cmja.org for details.