Esther Mayambala Kisaakye

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Esther Mayambala Kisaakye
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Laws)
Law Development Center
(Diploma in Legal Practice)
Georgetown University
(Master of Arts in Women's Rights)
American University
(Doctor of Juridical Science)
OccupationLawyer & Judge
Years active1988 — present
Known forJudiciary
Home townKampala
TitleJustice of the Supreme Court of Uganda

Esther Mayambala Kisaakye is a Ugandan judge. She is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda. She was appointed to that position in July 2009.[1]


She obtained her High School Diploma from Trinity College Nabbingo, an all-girls middle and high school (grades 8 - 13), located in Nabbingo, in Wakiso District in the Buganda Region of Uganda.[2]

Her first degree is a Bachelor of Laws, Upper Second Division, from Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. She also holds a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center, also in Kampala. Esther Kisaakye holds a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC, in the USA. Her degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), was obtained from the American University, also in Washington, DC, USA, with the help of an international fellowship from the American Association of University Women and on a scholarship grant from the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund.[3]


Prior to her appointment to the Supreme court, she served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Makerere University, Uganda's largest and oldest public university.[4] Besides lecturing at Makerere, she served as vice chairperson of the Association of Uganda Women Lawyers, which operated a legal aid clinic. In 1993, she was selected by the Leadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa Program to do a Master of Arts on Women’s Rights at Georgetown University Law Center. The East African Journal on Peace & Human Rights published her thesis, "Changing the Terms of the Debate to Resolve the Polygamy Question in Africa."[5]

She served as board member of the Uganda AIDS Commission and a co-founder of the Strategic Litigation Coalition. In April 2013 she was appointed the chair of the East African Judicial Committee. In September 2013 Esther Kisaakye was elected as the new president of the National Association of Women Judges in Uganda.[5]

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  1. ^ Tabu Butagira, and Alfred Wandera (30 July 2009). "Uganda: Supreme Court Gets New Judges". Daily Monitor via Kampala. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ Nalubega, Flavia (9 July 2019). "70 years on, Trinity College, Nabingo's candle still burning". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ MMMF (24 June 2013). "Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Recipients 2005". Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF). Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ Wambi, Michael (20 August 2009). "Parliament Vets new Supreme Court Judges". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Isaac Prince Mulindwa (21 March 2016). "The Judges of the Supreme Court of Uganda - Their Career Side". Kampala: Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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