Salima Namusobya is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and an expert member of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She is a lawyer and human rights advocate who has specialized in international human rights law and forced migration.
Previously, she worked in various capacities with the Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University and also served as the Eastern Africa Coordinator for International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) - an online project of the Amsterdam Center for International Law and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, published by Oxford University Press. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree, a Diploma in Legal Practice and Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Columbia in New York, participating in the Human Rights Advocates Program, and also completed courses on litigating social and economic rights from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute for Human Rights at the Abo Akademi in Turku, Finland. She is also a co-author for the textbook on ‘Civil Procedure and Practice in Uganda’. She serves on the Boards of several NGOs including the Legal Aid Service Providers' Network in Uganda (LASPNET), Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), and the Governance and Public Policy Research Centre (GPRC). She is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East Africa Law Society and the Federation of Women Lawyers in Uganda.