An Analysis of the September 2015 Constitutional Court Ruling on the Elections of Special Interest Groups

This publication was authored by: Irene Akurut

Abstract / Summary

The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 is the Supreme law of the land, meaning that all other laws of the land constantly have to measure their legitimacy against it.  Where there is an inconsistency between these other laws and the Constitution, the Constitution prevails and the other laws are void to the extent of the inconsistency. It is the duty of the Constitutional Court of Uganda to weigh the legitimacy of these other laws against the Constitution. In this regard, the Constitutional Court is a guardian, if you like, of the Constitution, tasked to interpret any domestic laws that are perceived to be in inconsistent with the Constitution.