Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Research Student: Paul Emong

An investigation into the realisation of human rights for disabled people in higher education in Uganda through disability legislation

The central question for this study is: how should the current Ugandan disability legislation be implemented, to achieve disability inclusion in higher education in line with international human rights law obligations?

Thus the research undertakes a theoretical and empirical analysis of the implementation and further development of the Ugandan disability legislation in order to achieve inclusion of disabled people in higher education, in compliance with the requirements of International Human Rights laws, using the UK approach as a case study. 

In order to achieve that, the study ...

  • assesses how the concept of disability inclusion is practised in Ugandan higher education, and how the disability legislation is being implemented and its outcomes, across a range of impairments 
  • analyses the UK disability legislation and its implementation approaches in order to identify the best practices for the further development of the Ugandan legislation
  • identifies the gaps that exist in the Ugandan disability legislation that need to be amended to enable it comply with the international standards of promoting disability inclusion in higher education guaranteed by the International Convention of the Rights of Disabled People.

This study combines both elements of legal and social science studies. Therefore, socio-legal methodology is applied, mainly document analysis for the UK and empirical research for Uganda.

The empirical research involves, amongst others ...

  • conducting interviews and focus group discussions with disabled students
  • conducting interviews with both academic and non-academic staff
  • analysing the universities' policies, plans and reports on disability inclusion. 

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