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Louis Oyaro

Living in: Heidelberg, Germany
Nationality: Ugandan


Louis is a passionate believer in universal human rights, deeply concerned about the effects of inequality as evidenced around the globe today. He is a lawyer by profession, with over six years work experience in human rights related intervention especially in the low resource region of sub-Saharan Africa. His key areas of expertise include access to justice, post-conflict intervention, transitional justice, child rights and sexual and gender violence intervention. In the recent years, he has also developed particular interest in disability rights and inclusion. He is a regular writer, researcher and avid follower of international disability trends and developments, with specific interest in the key areas of disability equality, reasonable accommodation, legal capacity and, disability inclusion and development. He is particularly proud of his role in compiling the first comprehensive legal- statistical disability study on Uganda which was published in the 2014 issue of the African Disability Rights Yearbook.

Louis is a recipient of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy’s (CDLP) 2014 Gold Medal Excellence Award; which he received upon graduating top of his Master of Laws Class at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). In the same year, his Article won Honourable Mention in the acclaimed International Human Rights Essay Competition coordinated by the American University, Washington. The said Article was subsequently published in the 2015 issue of the International Law Review. On issues disability and human rights in Africa, Louis is an active member of the new crop of disability advocates tirelessly pushing for realization of equality for persons with disabilities- a group that has historically been marginalized in the region. His regional contacts include the African Union’s Working Group on Persons with Disabilities, the African Disability Alliance (ADA) and the University of Pretoria’s- Centre for Human Rights. Nationally in Uganda, Louis has distinguished himself as a much needed intellectual resource on disability rights. In addition to his above stated Uganda disability study Report, Louis has undertaken key research for organizations and institutions including the School of Law, Makerere University- Kampala.   

Louis holds a Master in Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Makerere University, Kampala (MUK). He is also an enrolled member of the Uganda Law Society and the East African Law Society.


Personal Statement

Personally, I am constantly curious and ideologically biased in favour of human rights, equality and justice. I am especially passionate about its impact on marginalised groups and individuals, always mindful that a one-size-fits-all approach is not always appropriate. A key reason for my concern for inequality, and hence conviction for equality, is to make society, or at the very least the individuals I serve, attain their full individual potential; finding their placing in their communities as contributors and just partners.

I do believe tackling inequality goes a long way in achieving meaningful sustainable development. Accordingly, in my opinion, a developed or modern world implies a world where all are treated, at the minimum, as human beings and productive agents, deserving of respect, audience and dignity regardless of status or opinion. Unfortunately, the above is far from true globally and perhaps more intense in culturally strong communities - for example in sub-Saharan Africa, where I come from. It is for this reason that I believe a lot of human and intellectual resource is required to reach constructive, appropriate and contextually accepted resolution to the challenge of inequality.

Hence, while being ready to share my own experiences and views on the same, I hope that my Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity experience presents similar opportunities for comparative discussion on concepts and realities from other regions. I hope that this program enhances my understanding and appreciation of a nuanced and practical approach to combat inequality as a social challenge and in so doing make me a better servant and advocate for equality and human rights in general.