Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire LL.M. ’03 Receives 2017 Distinguished Global Alumni Award

Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire LL.M. ’03 Receives 2017 Distinguished Global Alumni Award

Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire LL.M. ’03

Justice of the Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court of Uganda

Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is a sitting Justice of the Court of Appeal which also doubles as the Constitutional Court of Uganda. She is currently the Chairperson of a Commission of Inquiry into the Land Sector. Appointed to the Court of Appeal in October 2015, she is youngest of the fourteen justices on the court. Lady Justice Bamugemereire’s third Commission of Inquiry is The Land Inquiry 2017. Before chairing the Commission of Inquiry on the Lands, she successfully chaired two others: the Uganda National Roads Authority Inquiry from 2015-2016 and the Kampala Capital City Authority Tribunal in 2013. 

In 1992, she received a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from Makerere University in Uganda, and after graduation, she became a Pupil State Attorney in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.  Soon, she was called to the bench as Magistrate Grade One and rose to become Chief Magistrate of the white collar criminal court in Uganda.

In 2001, Lady Justice Bamugemereire took a career break and became the legal advisor to Shell Mexico LPG in Mexico City.  From Mexico to Dallas, she earned a Master of Laws in Comparative and International Law (LL.M.) from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2003. 

Lady Justice Bamugemereire relocated to the UK after graduation and served as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey for seven years.  From there, she was called back to Uganda to serve on the High Court Bench in 2010, where she sat in the Anti-Corruption and Family Divisions and carried out civil and criminal circuit assignments throughout the country.

Lady Justice Bamugemereire is an expert on corruption and has extensively written and presented on corruption at Oxford Brookes, Manchester, Leicester and the World Bank in Washington D.C. Also, she has trained others at international anti-corruption seminars from Uganda to Kenya.

Living by her judicial motto, “make backlog history,” Lady Justice Bamugemereire has tried to manage her cases and courtroom in the most efficient manner possible with a laser-focus on deadlines.  She is passionate about good governance, the fight against corruption, human and women’s rights and the strengthening of anti-corruption institutions. She believes she must serve as a champion of the people who are the silent victims of corruption in the poor service delivery of water. Even in the face of death threats, Lady Justice Bamugemereire’s resilience and tenacity are unmatched.