Stephen Oola is currently a Senior Advisor on Legal and Constitutional Affairs at the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission overseeing the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

Oola is also the co-founder and director of Amani Institute Uganda, a think-tank based in Gulu, northern Uganda.

Oola is an Advocate (Attorney) in the High Court of Uganda. Until September 2016, Oola was head of the Conflict, Transitional Justice and Governance Program at the Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University in Kampala (2013-2016). Oola led the Research and Advocacy Department at RLP from 2010-2012 and conducted a countrywide reconciliation and transitional justice audit in Uganda (2011-2012).

From 2007-2009 Oola was the Transitional Justice Lawyer at RLP. Oola holds a LLB (Hons) Degree from Makerere University, Master of Arts in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, USA.

A Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (2012) Oola’s interest and expertise is on Transitional Justice, Peacebuilding and Development in Africa. Oola led the drafting of the proposed National Reconciliation Bill for Uganda, the African Union Transitional Justice Policy Framework, and the JMEC’s M&E Strategy for South Sudan. Oola is also a member of African Commission on Human & People’s Rights Advisory Committee on the Study on Transitional Justice in Africa.

Latest from Stephen Oola

Uganda’s age limit removal: a perilous path to disaster?

The removal of Uganda's presidential age limit opens the way for a life presidency for incumbent Museveni and risks huge instability and violence, says Stephen Oola. Read more »

26 September 2017

Forgiveness in the aftermath of atrocities: the case of north Uganda

Stephen Oola explains the vital role forgiveness has played in low-level post-conflict reconciliation and peacebuilding in northern Uganda. Read more »

29 January 2016

Reintegrating former-LRA combatants after the Amnesty Act

How successful was the reintegration of former-LRA combatants after the Uganda's Amnesty Act in 2000? Read more »

28 January 2016

The Amnesty Act (2000): pragmatism or forgiveness?

What motivated the Ugandan government to offer amnesty to 26,000 former combatants? Read more »

27 January 2016

The ICC and alternative justice in Uganda

Is it enough for former LRA commanders to stand trial in the Hague? What about alternative forms of justice? Read more »

26 January 2016

The mismanaged war on the LRA and the involvement of the ICC

Why has it proved so difficult to defeat the LRA? Stephen Oola discusses the causes of conflict and peace in Uganda and beyond. Read more »

25 January 2016

A short history of the LRA until 2015

The LRA captured global headlines during the Kony 2012 campaign - but what has happened since? Read more »

22 January 2016

The case of Dominic Ongwen: perpetrator and victim?

In a video interview Stephen Oola discusses the important questions that arise from the war crimes trial of LRA commander Dominic Ongwen. Read more »

21 January 2016

Forgiveness: the secret to peace in Uganda

New research shows that Forgiveness can be a powerful tool for peacebuilding in Uganda. Read more »

16 October 2015

Terrorists in East Africa: are we yielding to their demands?

Stephen Oola warns that governments in East Africa must not ignore the law or the root causes of terrorism – or risk creating new recruits. Read more »

16 September 2015