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Francis M. Ssekandi, American lawyer, specializing in the field of International Law, Intellectual Properties Law, Jurisprudence Law, International Business Law.


Ssekandi, Francis Muzingu was born on September 29, 1940 in Mbarara, Uganda. Came to the United States 1979.


University College, Dar-esSalaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 1962-1965, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), London. Columbia University, United States of America, 1965-1966, Master of Laws. Spoken languages: English, French.


He has published on Law and Development, Human Rights, and Good Governance. Ssekandi is a former Judge, High Court/Justice of Appeal (1972–1974), and member, Uganda Supreme Court (1974–1979). He became a Judge of the High Court of Uganda in 1974 and later Justice of Appeal of the currently renamed Supreme Court of Uganda.

Before becoming a Judge Mr. Ssekandi was Director of the Law Development Center, Uganda's premier research and professional legal training institution, and was the pioneer of the highly successful Uganda Bar Course conducted by the Center. Mr. Ssekandi joined the United Nations in 1981 and was a principal legal advisor to the United Nations development programmes and was also in charge of the commercial law cluster resolving commercial disputes with the United Nations.

He negotiated several technical cooperations agreements with governments and initiated many innovative institutional legal models for the delivery of UN programmes, including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the African Management Services Company (AMSCO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Compensation Commission after the 1991 Iraq war. In 1996 he became Deputy to the Secretary General's Special Representative in Liberia, in charge of peacekeeping operations there. In 1997 he was appointed General Counsel of the African Development Bank where he was the anchor for the institutional reforms carried out by President Omar Kabbaj, including revision of the Bank's Charter to incorporate new voting rights for shareholders, and establishment of an Administrative Tribunal to judge staff disputes.

Mr. Ssekandi retired from the African Development Bank in 2000 and has since then combined teaching at Columbia University and consulting with the United Nations, its agencies and other international institutions. He is the author of many articles on International Law and International Economic Law. He also edited Judge Elis's Second Revised Edition "New Horizons in International Law"(1992).

As a Judge he pioneered the integration of customary law into the general law of Uganda and wrote a number of authoritative opinions on land tenure. He currently lectures on African Law and Development, at the Columbia University Law School. He is a Board Member on a number of NGOs including the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), the War and Peace Centre and the International Law Institute (Uganda).


  • He is also the Founder of the African Law Reporter: Website: , and Founding Member of the International Projects and Mediation Associates, LLC (IPMA): Website:.


He was appointed to serve as a Member of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal from 2007 to 2013.


  • Other Interests

    Inti law; tennis, racquetball.


M. Joanne Binder, July 5, 1969. 1 child, Christina Nabunya.

Christina Nabunya Ssekandi