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Dr. Adrian Jjuuko

Dr. Adrian Jjuuko is a Ugandan human rights lawyer, researcher and activist, with over 13 years experience. He is the Executive Director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), an organisation that operates the only specialised legal aid clinic for LGBTI persons in Uganda, and advocates for legal change in favour of criminalized minorities. Adrian coordinated the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL), which led the opposition to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009, and for this, won the US State Department’s Human Rights Defenders Award 2011. He coordinated efforts to successfully nullify the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 and pursued the first completed case on LGBT issues in an international Court in Africa – the case that challenged Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act at the East African Court of Justice in 2016. In recognition of his work, he received the Vera Chirwa Award 2016 from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, and he was recognised as one of the finalists for the European Union’s Human Rights Defenders Award 2017. Adrian holds an LLD from the University of Pretoria. His latest book is titled ‘Strategic litigation and the struggle for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in Africa.’