Mr. Robert Turyahebwa
Dean Faculty of Law
Turyahebwa Robert, is holder of masters degree in Public international Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is finalizing his PhD in international criminal law at the Open University of Tanzania.
He has a diploma in Legal practice obtained from the Institute of Legal practice and development, Rwanda.
He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in higher learning education, obtained from the University of Rwanda, college of education-Rwanda
He has Certificate in International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, IIMCR (Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague)
He is a practicing Lawyer as a managing Director at RT Law Chambers and company. since 2016 an associate of Tetralink Taylor and Associates East African Ltd.
He has extensive knowledge in developing and validating both LLB and LLM programs in International Criminal Law, Public international Law, International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice Rights.
He has extensive knowledge and experience in consultancy work. He carried out consultancy in developing regional projects and protocols for the Great Lakes Region in areas of good governance and democracy, developing leasing courses for university schools and have done training and recruitment for both national and regional organisations.
He has extensive Knowledge of workings with Human rights and Civil Society Organisations. He has worked closely with regional organisations such as; International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), East African Law Society, Pan African Lawyers Union, East African Civil Society Forum and others.
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Faculty of Law, the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK). Thank you for your interest in the Faculty. The Faculty of Law, University of UNILAK is home for both national and international students who seek to study Law with a distinct preference.
We offer law in all our three campuses that is Kigali campus in the city, Rwamagana campus in the North and Nyanza campus in the southern province.
At present, we have Seven full time academics, having excellent academic records, expertise and experience in different aspects and areas of laws. We also employ more than 50 part time lecturers of whom received their degrees from world renowned law schools and who are practicing advocates with vast experiences.
As a team, we believe that legal education must combine necessary aspects of modern teaching-learning praxis which is essentially a diverse yet balanced fusion of theory and practice. Law being among others, a technical subject demands an objective and material introduction and projection of technical details based on the mandates of law.
Under the Faculty of Law we mould law students for a legal profession that is commensurate with a modern society. The graduates of this faculty with their skills, ethics and values work for building a society with justice and equality.
We aim to maintain the high standard of legal education. The Faculty, alongside necessary offices, staffs and teaching learning equipments are purposed to facilitate standard legal education. To support the students in their private and official matters, there is a Student Advisors’ Office where student counseling, advising and other services are provided to the students by the assigned teachers.
Our faculty has a partnership with Local NGO in the provision of legal aid. It has also a partnership with different districts in the provision of legal aid to the vulnerable people.
The Faculty of law mission is to become a fully functional and renowned faculty, providing quality education with excellence. To have graduates who are equipped with skills and practical skills based on international standards.
We aspire to graduate students who are able to create and communicate, cope with all challenges, developments and changes in the domain of law at the local and regional levels.
UNILAK `s Faculty of Law is a student-focused law center inspired by the standards of academic excellence, intellectual openness, and service to others.
Our mission is to educate diverse, talented students to be responsible leaders in a rapidly changing, interdependent world, to prepare graduates who will be ethical advocates for justice and the rule of law, and to contribute to a deeper understanding of law and legal institutions through a commitment to research, scholarship and public service.
Advantages of studying at the faculty of Law UNILAK
Studying at UNILAK especially at its Faculty of law, students benefit the following:
– They get an opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life. It gives you the chance to sharpen your mind, strengthen your understanding and deepen your experience across the full range of humanities and social sciences. You acquire both breadth of understanding and depth in the areas that interest you most.
– Law students acquire both breadth and depth of legal knowledge. At the end of the programs students are equipped with creative arguments are derived from thinking laterally around a problem, and the ability to do that is often related to breadth of legal knowledge.
– At the end of the program , students they are able to discuss Law simply and effectively, without the stereotypes of legal language.
– At the end of the program , will be equipped with legal skills, not just knowledge that they got through participation in mooting competitions, where they develop skills of oral advocacy, or pro bono societies and be able togive legal advice and support to real people with real problems.
UNILAK Legal Clinic operates under the Faculty of Law. It started in 2006 with a vision of providing free legal Aid to vulnerable people and those who can’t afford legal fees for lawyers.
People who need those services they come to UNILAK Legal Clinic in all our three campuses that is KIGALI, RWAMAGANA and NYANZA.
When to access UNILAK legal aid services?
We offer free legal advice to people who can’t access court fees on Monday and Thursday: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and 17:30-21:30 Hrs
Are there costs needed for accessing the services?
NO. UNILAK provides legal services for free to any person that needs it provided he/she cannot afford to pay for such services.
What is the procedure of accessing UNILAK legal services?
Just entering into the office of UNILAK Legal Clinic and make a verbal request. The staff will be able to assist with the guidance of the lecturers from the faculty of law who are at the same time advocates