When, out of the blue, I was asked to direct a 3-week workshop in Uganda relating to that country’s recently created capital market infrastructure, I asked to review the laws and regulations that had been adopted to date. Upon examination, these laws and regulations were so well developed and sophisticated that I wondered whether there was anything I could provide to people who obviously already knew what they were doing. Imagine my great surprise when some pre-workshop phone calls to Uganda produced the information that the laws and regulations had essentially been copied from other countries and that very few people within the public sector responsible for administering the capital knew what the rules meant or how they should be applied. Thus began a most interesting challenge and learning experience.
Stuart R. Cohn, Teaching in a Developing Country: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned in Uganda, 48 J. Legal Educ. 101 (1998), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/431