Gerald Abila

Founder and Executive Director,
BarfootLaw

Gerald Abila is an Attorney, Legal Futurist and Consultant on Legal-tech and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB), where he graduated top of his class. As a law student, he founded BarefootLaw, which uses innovation and technology to provide free legal help in Uganda.

Gerald strongly advocates for the adoption of technology and innovation in the legal profession and believes a number of challenges faced by the legal profession can to a large extent be overcome through the use of Legal-tech and innovation.

He is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including being named a Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association for his role in advocating for innovation in the legal profession, the first African to receive such an honor; The Young Achievers Awards, which recognizes excellence among Ugandan youths below 35 years of age, HiiL Innovating Justice Alumni, 2015 as well as being named an Echoing Green Fellow, 2016.

He was named among the “Top 100 Legal Consultants and Strategists in the World’ for 2016 by the New York based, Law Dragon, one of the leading global legal publications, USA.
Gerald has been invited to speak at a number of forums including the United Nations Headquarters, BBC, Ted X and at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.
In addition to work at BarefootLaw, Gerald is a Writer, Public Speaker, Mentor and Vice President of the ICT Innovation Forum.