A Critique of the Uganda Mental Health Treatment Act, 1964

Mental Health Law & Policy Journal, Volume 3 Issue 1, p.505-526

22 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2015

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Chrispas Nyombi

Canterbury Christ Church University; Canterbury Christ Church University

Alexander Kibandama

Independent

Ronald Kaddu

Kyambogo University

Date Written: January 15, 2014

Abstract

The scarcity of research into the deplorable state of Uganda’s mental health laws is a grave lacuna that needs urgent redress. Firm in mind that academic scholarship is a collaborative enterprise with deep roots in constructive criticism, this paper aims to fill this gap. This paper provides a circumspect examination of mental health laws in Uganda. The paper reviews the Mental Health Treatment Act 1964 and highlights the main areas that need reform. It keeps the jurisprudential analysis of applicable international treaties and conventions such as the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities to a minimum. This paper will inform legal, academic and healthcare circles on the current state of mental health law in Uganda.

Keywords: Mental Health, Uganda, Menthal Heath Treatment Act 1964, CRPD, Butabika

Suggested Citation

Nyombi, Chrispas and Nyombi, Chrispas and Kibandama, Alexander and Kaddu, Ronald, A Critique of the Uganda Mental Health Treatment Act, 1964 (January 15, 2014). Mental Health Law & Policy Journal, Volume 3 Issue 1, p.505-526, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2644767

Chrispas Nyombi (Contact Author)

Canterbury Christ Church University ( email )

North Holmes Road
Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU
United Kingdom

Canterbury Christ Church University ( email )

United Kingdom

Alexander Kibandama

Independent ( email )

Ronald Kaddu

Kyambogo University ( email )

P.O. Box 1
Kyambogo
Kampala, +256
Uganda

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