Francis Ssekandi

  • Lecturer in Law

Francis M. Ssekandi teaches courses on African law, international law, international trade, jurisprudence, and criminal law and procedure at Columbia Law School. He has also been a participant in Colloquium on Constitutionalism at Columbia University since 1994.

He was general counsel to the African Development Bank from 1997 to 2000 and deputy director of the general legal division of the United Nations from 1989-1997. Ssekandi served as a judge in High Court and as a justice of appeal in the Uganda Court of Appeal from 1974 to 1979. He was chairman of the Uganda Law Council from 1974 to 1978, and served as director of the Uganda Law Development Centre and editor-in-chief of the Uganda Law Reports from 1972 to 1974. Previously he worked as state counsel for Uganda from 1966 to 1972.

He has published on an array of topics including law and development, human rights, and good governance.

In addition to his work at Columbia Law School, Ssekandi was a visiting professor of law at Wayne State University from 1980 to 1981, a visiting lecturer of law at the Makerere University from 1968 to 1969, and an external examiner at the Makerere University, Nairobi University, and Haile Sailase University from 1972 to 1973.

Ssekandi is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law. He was admitted to the Uganda Bar in 1966, to the New York Bar in 1981, and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Southern District in 1994.

He earned his LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1966 and his LL.B. with honors in London in 1965.