Nicholas Opiyo


Nicholas Opiyo

Nicholas Opiyo is a Partner at TASLAF Advocates. He leads the litigation and dispute resolution practice at the firm. An astute litigator, Nicholas combines court room experience, an understanding of client needs and contacts in the court system. Nicholas is also the founder of Chapter Four Uganda, an organization that provides research, advocacy, and outreach services to influence laws, policies, and practices in the interest of civil liberties and human rights. Since 2005, Opiyo has worked tirelessly to promote civil liberties in Uganda.

Opiyo has worked on a broad range of critical human rights issues in Uganda
and was a key leader in drafting and advocating for Uganda’s law criminalizing torture. In his practice, he has a diverse clientele, including anti-corruption and pro-democracy activists, and social media activists. He has successfully argued
several high-level constitutional challenges, including petitions challenging the Public Order Management Act at the Constitutional Court.

At TASLAF, Nicholas handles sensitive and high profile matters for our clients delivering high stake wins in the appellate courts.

Opiyo was awarded the 2017 German Africa Prize, as well as Human Rights Watch’s 2015 Alison Des Forges Award. He is part of the inaugural EU Parliament Shakarov Fellows prize recipient in 2016.


  • Founder & Executive Director, Chapter Four Uganda, Kampala, Uganda.
  • Board Chairperson, Action Aid International Uganda, Kampala, Uganda.


  • Member Steering Committee, World Movement for Democracy, Washington, DC., USA.
  • Member Human Rights Advisory Board, Benetech, Palo Alto, CA., USA.
  • Member Advisory Board, AMEL, Washington, DC., USA.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Legal Aid Project, Uganda Law Society, Kampala, Uganda.


  • Law Development Center Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Uganda Christian University Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Contact Info

Nicholas Opiyo is a Partner at TASLAF Advocates. He is a leading human rights lawyer and litigator and founder of Chapter Four Uganda. 393 208 043
9th Floor - Trust Towers, Plot 4 Kyadondo, 28392 Road, Nakasero, KampalaUganda

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Our Pro Bono Practice We have expanded traditional law firm pro bono services from the pursuit of justice for the poor to the pursuit of impactful and collaborative interventions that can gainfully and sustainably create change in our societies. TASLAF’s pro-bono arm focuses on small businesses and start-ups, particularly on social enterprises. The major goal...

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Our Specialist Tax Services One of our specialty area in which we have acquired knowledge and expertise is tax. The TASLAF team has over ten years of experience, knowledge, extra qualifications and practical skill in dealing with tax and tax-related matters and can capably and ably provide all-round tax advisory, compliance, health checks and audits...

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