Former acting principal of the University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences, Didas Kayihura was the rector of the Institute for Legal Practice and Development from 2016-2017. He served as the dean of The National University of Rwanda’s faculty of law from 2007-2009.
Before Fountain Law Chambers was disbanded to create Fountain Advocates, he served as a partner, the head of the Business and Commercial Chamber, and a practitioner there from 2008 to 2013. He was one of the organization’s founding partners, and he continues to lead the firm’s Business and Commercial Law Department as a partner.
Kayihura holds a Ph.D. from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His Ph.D. research was on “Corporate governance and the liability of corporate directors: The case of Rwanda.” He has a master’s degree (LL.M) in international business law from Utrecht University and a bachelor’s degree (LL. B/Hons) from the National University of Rwanda.
Prior to joining Fountain Law Chambers and later, at Fountain Advocates, he was and still is a business law, company law, contracts law, securities law, and ADR lecturer at the Faculty of Law of what was the National University of Rwanda, now School of Law of the University of Rwanda. He is a regular and certified trainer of judges, attorneys and prosecutors at the Institute of Law Practice and Development.
Kayihura’ areas of expertise include dispute resolution (ADR), business law, banking, corporate law, product liability, the law of securities and secured transactions, labor law, and land law. His work, writing, and lecturing are broad, and he has a thorough awareness of Rwandan institutional operations.