Makerere University Dean Faculty of Law Prof. Sylvia Tamale Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws

Makerere University Dean Faculty of Law Prof. Sylvia Tamale Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws

Dean in the Law Faculty at Makerere University Professor Sylvia Tamale was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Pretoria, South Africa at their 2021 Virtual Graduation Ceremony held on the 10th December 2021.

The award is in recognition of her contribution to shifting boundaries for African women, the rights of sexual minorities, trail-blazing role as an African woman with her principles and provocative scholarship on sexual and reproductive rights and advancing
African feminism.

Professor Sylvia Tamale

Professor Sylvia Tamale holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A; Master of Laws from the Harvard Law School, U.S.A and Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University.

 She was the first female Dean of the Faculty of Law (2004 – 2008) at Makerere University, and the first female Professor to give a Professorial Inaugural Lecture (2016) at the Makerere University.

Professor Tamale is an internationally recognized leading scholar and has received several awards including the African Studies Association of International Visitors and the Fulbright McArthur Scholarship. She is a unique voice around African culture, sexuality, the law and human rights.

She has served on numerous editorial boards and is widely respected for her leadership roles including Commissioner of the Global Commission on HIV/Aids and the Law; Board Member of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa and Board of Trustees of the Equal Rights Trust.

Presenting Prof. Tamale for the honorary doctorate, Professor Elsabe Schoeman, Dean – Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria said thus ‘as a scholar, Sylvia has been a distinct African voice on women sexuality, an area under-explored in Africa and by Africans. Hers is a unique voice in African Scholarship around culture, human rights, women sexuality and the law’.

Accepting the award, Prof. Tamale said ‘for this esteemed and wonderful honour and recognition, I say thank you to the University of Pretoria’.

Congratulations Prof. Sylvia Tamale!


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