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Stephen Oola is currently a Senior Advisor on Legal and Constitutional Affairs at the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) overseeing the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan see www.jmecsouthsudan.org

Oola is also the co-founder and director of Amani Institute Uganda, a think-tank based in Gulu, northern Uganda see www.amaniuganda.org

Oola is an Advocate (Attorney) in the High Court of Uganda. Until September 2016, Oola was head of the Conflict, Transitional Justice and Governance Program at the Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University in Kampala (2013-2016). Oola led the Research and Advocacy Department at RLP from 2010-2012 and conducted a countrywide reconciliation and transitional justice audit in Uganda (2011-2012).

From 2007-2009 Oola was the Transitional Justice Lawyer at RLP. Oola holds a LLB (Hons) Degree from Makerere University, Master of Arts in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, USA.

A Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (2012) Oola’s interest and expertise is on Transitional Justice, Peacebuilding and Development in Africa. Oola led the drafting of the proposed National Reconciliation Bill for Uganda, the African Union Transitional Justice Policy Framework, and the JMEC’s M&E Strategy for South Sudan. Oola is also a member of African Commission on Human & People’s Rights Advisory Committee on the Study on Transitional Justice in Africa.

Key publications

In the Shadow of Kwoyelo’s Trial: The ICC and Complementary in Uganda, Cambridge University Press (2016) Edited by Christian De Vos

A Conflict-Sensitive Justice: Adjudicating Traditional Justice in Transitional Contexts. In Where Law Meets Reality: Forging African Transitional Justice, Pambazuka Press, 53-63, (Edited Vol.) 2012. (Stephen Oola etal.)

The Role of Civil Society in Advocating Justice in Uganda, Paper Presented at the Advocating Justice: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa, organised by ATJRN, Johannesburg, August 30-31, 2010 Available at http://www.transitionaljustice.com/index.php?.

Conflicting Justice Systems and the Peace Process in northern Uganda. In Journal for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross University, Australia, December 2008.Also available online at http://epubs.scu.edu.au/cpsj_pubs/1/.

ICC and Bashir: The Aura or Audition of International Justice in Africa, published by the Oxford Transitional Justice Working Paper Series, November 2008.