Gerald Abila is an Attorney and the Founder of BarefootLaw, where he serves as the Executive Director. He believes that access to the Law and Justice are the fundamental building blocks of a just, equitable and thriving society where human rights are respected. To achieve this, he and the team at BarefootLaw have, for the past eleven years, experimented with how digital technology can be used innovatively to bridge the gap between the Law and the people who need it. Their goal is to ‘‘make access to justice and the Law readily available to 50 million people across Africa by 2030.’’
This impactful and visionary work has attracted several awards and recognition for Gerald, including being named a Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association, the 100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists in the World for 2016 and 2018 by Law Dragon in New York, Echoing Green Fellow, Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, and a Laureate of the Africa Development Prize by The King Baudouin Foundation. He was also named a Rainer Arnhold Fellow by the Mulago Foundation.
Gerald is passionate about teaching the Law, speaking about it and its opportunities in technology and how these can be used to meet global goals, especially SGD16.