The University of Nairobi School of Law hosted the 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Nairobi from 1st to 7th September 2014. This was in conjunction with the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria. This was the first time the competition was being held in Kenya. Approximately 47 universities across Africa represented by 94 students and 47 Law Professors participated in the Competition.
Each institution conducted qualifying rounds for its students. The winning teams then gathered in Nairobi for the preliminary Round. The University of Nairobi was represented by Eva Kimani and Maureen Wanjiru Mwangi who emerged top during the qualifying rounds at the University. Participants from each participating institutions were then required to prepare their submissions and argue their case before a simulated international court. The best two teams in each language, English, French and Portuguese, then proceeded to the finals.
University of Nairobi and Université Gaston Berger Saint-Louis du Sénégal proceeded to the final against the combined team of University of Pretoria & Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire. The judges in the
final round were Commissioner Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Rwanda), Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rwanda; Justice Johann Kriegler (South Africa)
Former Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa; Dr David Padilla (U.S.A.)
Former Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights,Justice Willy Mutunga (Kenya) Chief Justice of Kenya, President of the Supreme Court of Kenya and Justice Elsie Thompson (Nigeria) Judge
of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
The combined team from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the Université Gaston Berger Saint-Louis du Sénégal , who argued for the Applicant, emerged the winners of the 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court competition.
We salute our team for the job well done!
LEFT:Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote,chair of the Task Force on Realignment of the ICT Sector with the constitition hands over the report of the task force to ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i. With them are ICT PS Jopseph Tiampati,CIC chairman Charles Nyachae and Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai. **RIGHT**:CA chairman Ngene Gituku addressing the event.* The task force appointed to realign ICT sector policies with the constitution handed in its report on Monday, with recommendations for further engagement on remaining issues. The team chaired by university don Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote was tasked specifically develop policies and legislations that would operationalize article 34 and 35of the constitution. The Kenya Information and Communications (Amendment) Act 2013 and the Media Council of Kenya Act are some of the outcomes of the Task Force. Speaking when receiving the report, ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said much ground has been covered in supporting the ICT sector including the enactment of the National ICT Master Plan, the National Broadband Strategy, the National Cyber Security Master Plan and the National Cyber Security Framework, recently launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the CA Centre. Dr. Matiang’i also revealed that discussions are on-going with players in the media sector to find ways of addressing challenges facing the sector. Three media houses have gone to court to challenge the digital migration and the constitutionality of the Kenya Information and Communications Act 2013. ‘‘An impression of instability and inconsistency is being created in this sector. The challenges of transition, require that we engage in constant discussion mindful of the fact that if we don’t and we continuously spend our time in conflict, we will destroy the sector in the long run,’’ stressed Dr. Matiang’i. Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai said the Government is committed to freedom of the media and as such, the Freedom of Information Bill and the Data Protection Bill will soon be presented to cabinet for consideration. Also in attendance was CIC chairman Charles Nyachae, CA chairman Ngene Gituku, the DG Francis Wangusi.
on the title "My land use". The films on you tube have attracted hundreds of views
including views from the media. It is a good gesture for the school of law and the
public in general.
Land Use Law (GPR 311) third year Students, under the instruction of Dr. Robert Kibugi, recently developed these short documentary films, through which they identified legal land use problems, proceeded to investigate and communicate the outcome through a 10-12 minute long documentary. The 6 short documentary films were judged by a panel of 4 experts as part of the class coursework. The panel of judges , while providing constructive criticism, commended the students for the high degree of effort and diligence evident in the output.
Congrats to the students..
The Department of Public Law consists 16 members of staff including 1 Professor, 3 Associate Professors, 4 Senior Lecturers, 7 Lecturers and 1 Assistant Lecturer. The Department seeks to achieve the highest level of excellence in teaching, research, consultancy and community service in line with the University of Nairobis Vision and Mission. We firmly believe that our role is critical to the promotion of the overall success of the School of Law the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the entire University. In this connection, the Department is constantly reviewing its perfomance and outlook in order to operationalise the stated ideals. Dr. Kithure Kindiki Senior Lecturer & Head Department of Public Law
Public Law entails the following specialization s: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminology and Penology, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Public International Law, Trial Practice, Environmental Law, Public Interest Clinic, International Trade Law, International Human Rights Law, Law of the Sea and East African community Law