A workshop for law librarians in Anglophone Africa organized by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Law Libraries Section, in cooperation with the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL). Sponsored by IFLA, IALL and HeinOnline.

The programme will empower participants to utilize the potential of open access legal sources in legal research. The workshop will build a network of law librarians across Africa to share knowledge and assist each other in solving practical legal research questions. Participation will provide an overview of open access legal sources worldwide, the practical skills required to benefit from them and an opportunity to establish contact with colleagues from different countries.

Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December 2016, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

There is no registration fee, but participants must cover their own costs for transportation, food and accommodation. In addition, the organizing committee will award a limited number of bursaries to cover part of the travel and accommodation costs associated with participation. See below details on how you may apply.

Application deadline: Friday, November 4th, 2016

Apply to participate in the workshop

Preliminary program

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 – Makerere University Library

08:00-09:00     Registration of participants

09:00-09:05     Welcome to participants local host, Caroline Ilako

09:05-09:10     Welcome by the University Librarian, Dr. Helen Byamugisha

09:10-09:15     Formal opening by IFLA Law Libraries Section Chair, Sonia Poulin

09:15-09:20     Greeting from International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), Professor Mark Engsberg

09:20-09:35     Introduction of participants (very short)

09:35-10:20     Open Access and free legal sources in an international perspective

10:20-10:35     Coffee / tea break

10:35-11:20     Participant presentations: Survey of free legal resources

11:20-12:00     Participant presentations: Legal publishers and commercial databases

12:00-13:00     Lunch

13:00-13:15     Introduction: Collection development with limited resources

13:15-14:30     Group discussion: Collection development

14:30-15:00     Summary of discussions

15:00-15:15     Coffee / tea break

15:15-16:30     Participant presentations: Common law materials

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 – Makerere University Library

09:00-09:45     Legal research skills and professional development for law librarians

09:45-10:00     Coffee / tea break

10:00-10:15     Introduction: Public access to legal information

10:15-11:30     Group discussion: Public access to legal information

11:30-12:00     Summary of discussions         

12:00-13:00     Lunch

13:00-13:15     Introduction: International professional networking

13:15-14:30     Group discussion: Collaboration and joint projects

14:30-15:00     Summary of discussions

15:00-15:15     Coffee / tea break

15:15-16:30     Group discussion: Planning and moving forward

16:30-17:00     Closing of the workshop and awarding certificates by IFLA Law Libraries Section Chair, Sonia Poulin


The organizing committee will award a limited number of bursaries to cover part of the travel and accommodation costs associated with participation in the workshop. Bursary recipients will be selected in order to secure representation of different regions or types of libraries and by their potential contribution to the goals of the workshop. Only applicants working in Africa will be considered.

In order to be considered, applicants need to complete the following:

  1. Write brief personal statement on your motivation to attend the workshop (max. 250 words).
  2. Send a scanned copy of the ID page of your passport (PDF or JPG-format).
  3. A confirmation email from your superior/manager stating that you will be granted leave to travel to and attend the seminar on December 6th and 7th.

Nos. 1 & 2 should be sent as an email to admin@prejudikat.no . No. 3 must be sent by the superior/manager directly to the same address.

The organizers will book travel and pay for accommodation on behalf of the successful applicants.  The deadline for bursary applications is November 1st, 2016. Only applications that are complete by that date will be considered.

Accommodation in Kampala

Participants must book their own accommodation for the workshop. The following hotels and guesthouses are close to the venue at Makerere, University. The organizing committee cannot guarantee the quality of these establishments nor the availability of the rates stated.

The organizing committee recommends Makerere Uni. Guest House since it is both inexpensive and close to the venue.


Hotel Harambe                                     57 800 UGX              (Approx. US $ 17 per night)

Emerald Hotel                                    100 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 29 per night)

Makerere Uni. Guest House              120 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 35 per night)

Sheron Hotel                                      120 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 35 per night)


Chez Johnson Hotel ltd                      200 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 59 per night)

Grand Global Hotel                             230 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 68 per night)


Arirang Hotel and Restaurant             408 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 120 per night)

Urban by CityBlue                               510 000 UGX              (Approx. US $ 150 per night)

Sheraton Kampala                              710 600 UGX              (Approx. US $ 209 per night)

Emin Pasha Hotel & Bar                     850 000 UGX (Approx. US $ 250 per night)

Organizing Committee

Heather Casey (Georgetown University,USA)

Mark Engsberg (Emory University, USA)

Joseph Hinger (St. John’s University, USA)

Caroline Ilako (Makerere University, Uganda)

Sonia Poulin (Alberta Law Libraries, Canada)

Bård Tuseth (University of Oslo, Norway)