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Reforming Rwandan business laws (rescheduled event)




Registration 18:30, Lecture 19:00, Refreshments 20:00

Series: The Common Law Community in the 21st Century lecture series

We are now delighted to be able to run this previously cancelled event.

Reforming Rwandan business laws

Rwanda is a small country that has had a disproportionate measure of troubles including genocide. However, in the last few years it has emerged as one of the most stable and promising African countries, both in terms of economic growth and good governance. It now has a modern constitution that entrenches democracy and the rule of law. This lecture will address the ongoing reforms of business laws, such as the amendment of the Civil Procedure Code introducing faster procedures in commercial matters, the Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation laws and the Companies Act. Rwanda is looking more and more to the common law and Judge Rugege will detail the emergence of Rwanda’s effectively bijural system.

He will also address the reforms in the business environment, including arrangements for dispute resolution, both through the commercial courts and through ADR, as well as the institutional framework for private investment and the ease of doing business in Rwanda.

Justice Sam Rugege is Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Rwanda.

He was educated at Makerere University in Uganda, Yale Law School in the United States of America and Oxford University in England where he obtained the LLB, LLM and D.Phil. degrees respectively.

After starting his law career as a lecturer at Makerere University, he then taught at the National University of Lesotho and University of Swaziland, rising to the position of Associate Professor. During 1995, as Visiting Scholar at Cornell Law School, he taught African Law.

His last teaching post before being elevated to the bench was in Cape Town, South Africa, as Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Justice Rugege was appointed to the Supreme Court of Rwanda in 2004. Since 2005, he is also the Principal Judge of the First Instance Division of the Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

The Common Law Community in the 21st Century lecture series examines the continuing international importance of common law in the 21st Century.

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When & where

12.00am - 12.00amThursday 8th October 2009