Dr. Henry M. Onoria


Practice Areas

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge
  • Master of Laws (LLM), University of Cambridge
  • Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip LP), Law Development Centre
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL B) (Hons), Makerere University
  • Member, Uganda Law Society
  • Member, East African Law Society

Short Biography

Dr. Onoria is the Head Law Consulting & Knowledge Practice at ALP Advocates. He is an eminent scholar with over 30 years of experience and has taught at the universities of Makerere (Uganda), Pretoria (South Africa) and Juba (South Sudan). His areas of specialty are constitutional law, human rights law, trade law and economic integration law. He has worked with the Uganda Law Reform Commission as National Legal Consultant to review the commercial and related laws (which included the laws on banking, employment, dispute resolution) (1997-1999), a process that resulted to various reforms of various commercial laws over the past 20 years. He also acted as the Team Leader for a GTZ-Bank of Uganda consultancy to develop a National Payments System for Uganda (2002-2003). Employed as the Legal Education Advisor in South Sudan (2011-2018), he supported the law school at University of Juba revise its law curriculum in its entirety (including courses on law of banking, labour law, arbitration law, intellectual property, conflict of laws, EAC law). He is vastly knowledgeable in laws of common law countries across the globe, and is compiling knowledge management and regulatory compliance systems on laws on banking and finance, corporations, employment, dispute resolution, etc.


  • a) Books

    • (with LI Schäfer) Law of Contract in South Sudan: Text, Cases & Commentary (manuscript, yet to be published).

    (b) Book chapters

    • ‘Uganda’ in D Shelton (ed), International Law and Domestic Legal Systems: Incorporation, Transformation and Persuasion (Oxford: OUP 2011) 594-619.
    • (with JR Katalikawe & BG Wairama) ‘Crises and Conflicts in Africa Great Lakes Region—Problem of Non-compliance with Humanitarian Law’, in EC Luck & MW Doyle (eds), International Law and Organization—Closing the Compliance Gap (Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield Publishers 2004) 121-52.
    • ‘Introduction to the African System of Protection of Human Rights and the Draft Protocol’ in W Benedek, et al (eds), Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences (London/New York: Zed Books 2002) 231-42.
    • ‘Limits to Self-Determination in the Great Lakes Region’ in E Sidiropoulos (ed.), A Continent Apart: Kosovo, Africa and Humanitarian Intervention (Witwatersrand: SAIAA 2001) 211-27.

    (c) Journal articles

    • (with Jada Jacob) ‘South Sudan’s Statehood—Recognition, Foreign Relations and Representation’ (2013) 1(1) Juba Law Journal 133-47.
    • ‘Review of Major Decisions on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in Uganda in 2008 and 2009’ (2011) 17(1) East Afr. J. Peace & Hrgts 269-302.
    • ‘Locus Standi of Individuals and Non-State Entities before Regional Economic Integration Judicial Bodies in Africa’ (2010) 18(2) African Journal of International & Comparative Law 143-69.
    • ‘Jurisdiction ratione materiae of the Uganda Human Rights Commission: Making sense of the ambiguity in the Jurisprudence’ (2010) 10(1) African Human Rights Law Journal 53-77.
    • ‘Botched-up Elections, Treaty Amendments and Judicial Independence in the East African Community’ (2010) 54(1) Journal of African Law 74-94.
    • ‘Interpretation of the East African Community Treaty—An assessment of Recent Decisions’ (2008) 14(2) East Afr. J. Peace & Hrgts 509-25.
    • ‘Review of Major Decisions on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in Uganda in 2004’ (2005) 11(2) East Afr. J. Peace & Hrgts 323-64.
    • ‘Realisation and Enforcement of the Right of Access to Information in Uganda, 1995-2005’ (2005) Makerere Law Journal 39-58.
    • ‘Review of Major Decisions on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in Uganda in 2003’ (2005) 11(1) East Afr. J. Peace & Hrgts 137-60.
    • ‘Review of Major Decisions on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in Uganda in 2001 and 2002’ (2003) 9(2) East Afr. J. Peace & Hrgts 332-71.
    • ‘Soldiering and Constitutional Rights in Uganda: Kotido Military Executions’ (2003) 9(1) East Afr. J. Peace & Hrgts 87-114.
    • ‘The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Exhaustion of Local Remedies under the African Charter’ (2003) 3(1) African Human Rights Law Journal 1-24.

    (d) Working Papers

    • ‘Guaranteeing the Right to Adequate Housing and Shelter in Uganda: The Case of Women and People with Disabilities’ (2007) HURIPEC Working Paper No. 6.

Mediation Services

The ALP Conflict Resolution Hub Mediation Service provides the most advanced global rules intended to assist parties and mediators to take maximum advantage of the flexible procedures available in mediation for the resolution of disputes quickly and economically.
The Mediation Service guides parties that opt for Dispute Management Clauses in their project contracts wherein the parties to the contract can jointly appoint a mediator to work together, in a more collaborative and mutually beneficial environment and oversee that their contracts proceed smoothly.

Arbitration Services

The ALP Conflict Resolution Hub Arbitration Service is based on the most efficient Arbitration Rules which help the parties and arbitrator to use the best available global practice for the resolution of domestic and international disputes quickly and economically by way of administered arbitration on global standards.
Additionally, the Arbitration Service provides for the appointment of emergency arbitrators, which allows the parties in need of emergency interim reliefs to make such applications even before the constitution of the regular arbitral tribunal.

Conciliation Services

The ALP Conflict Resolution Hub Conciliation Service provides an impartial, fast and effective conciliation operating to a uniformly high standard in both the public and private sector.
Participation in the Conciliation Service processes is voluntary, and so are the outcomes.Solutions are reached only by consensus whether by negotiation and agreements facilitated between the parties themselves or by the parties agreeing to settlement terms proposed by the Hub Conciliation Officer who treats as confidential all information received during the course of conciliation and the service is informal and non-legalistic in practice.

Ombudsman Services

The ALP Conflict Resolution Hub Ombudsman Service is a confidential, impartial and informal service that facilitates the resolution of disputes. A Hub Ombudsman helps parties analyze problems and assists in identifying options and can, only if requested, become involved in trying to resolve issues.
What’s more, the Hub Ombudsman Service alert managements to systemic trends and issues and makes recommendations for necessary changes in their fields.