Making Unjust Law: The Parliament of Uganda and the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014

Posted: 16 Jul 2014 Last revised: 19 Aug 2014

Paul Johnson

University of York

Date Written: July 14, 2014

Abstract

This article provides a critical analysis of the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 and the process by which it was enacted by the Parliament of Uganda. Drawing on Hansard (the Official Report), as well as other parliamentary documents, I examine how the legislation was shaped and formed during its passage through Parliament. Through a detailed analysis of four key criminal offences created by the legislation, I argue that Ugandan legislators have enacted law that is often ambiguous, incoherent or redundant. I conclude by suggesting that an examination of the parliamentary process, and the legislation that resulted from it, can provide an important means of questioning and challenging the legitimacy of the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 and the Parliament that made it.

Keywords: Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014, Hansard, Homosexuality, Uganda

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Paul, Making Unjust Law: The Parliament of Uganda and the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 (July 14, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2466100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2466100

Paul Johnson (Contact Author)

University of York ( email )

Heslington
York, YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/our-staff/academic/paul-johnson/

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