Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Patience Kabiije (2011-12)

State Attorney,
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Kampala

I currently work at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Kampala as a State Attorney in the Directorate of Legal Advisory Services. I have worked at the Ministry since 2004. My daily duties include providing legal advice on and clearance of all government contracts, financing  grant agreements, treaties, Memoranda of Understanding, and conventions, offering legal advice and guidance to all government Ministries, Agencies and Departments and the general public, negotiating loans and grants with International Development Banks and Agencies. I also participate in policy formulation and preparing Cabinet Memoranda, and participate as well in meetings at the regional and international level in order to strengthen regional cooperation mechanisms, promoting development, peace and the rule of law. The meetings include those at the ACHPR, AU, EAC, UN and at various International Development Organizations. PROLAW taught me many things that have proved valuable to my work at the Ministry, including the importance of international development architecture in regards to the promotion of rule of law initiatives, and about the Global Fund, which aims to make health accessible to the poor. It also improved my writing and research skills greatly.

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