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!


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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

‘‘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.


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Recently a group of third year students from the school of law did produce some films

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..




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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




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The Department of Private Law has a concentration of highly qualified academic staff.  The staff establishment in the Department is thirteen academic staff.  The actual number of staff on the ground is currently ten academic staff members, two secretaries and a messenger/cleaner.  The Department is not a teaching department.  Its members of staff teach law courses across the board.

Of the academic staff, three are Associate Professors, namely, Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote who is the Head of the Department and Chair of the Research and Publications Committee, Prof. Albert Mumma, who is the Head of Academic Programmes and Co-ordinator of the Master of Laws (LL.M) Programme in the School and Prof. F. D. P. Situma.  Prof. Situma returned to the School recently after a leave of absence at the National Environmental Management Service (NEMA) where he served as a Director of Legal Services.  Prof. Kameri-Mbote was appointed to head the Department in November 2002.  She served as a member of the Committee of Eminent Persons.  She is an internationally renowned legal researcher and scholar and has also been involved in a number of National Policy Formulations processes such as Land policy, Biotechnology and Wildlife. Prof. Albert Mumma is a member of The National Environmental Tribunal while Dr. P. L. O. Lumumba served as the Secretary to Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.  Mr. Edwin Bikundo is currently on study leave pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.

The Department, as a host of The Research and Publications Committee of the School, is charged with the duty of among other things publishing the East African Law Journal and facilitating the students’ publication of the University of Nairobi Law Journal.

The Department currently has two senior secretaries, Ann Kaara and Catherine Kamau.

 For further information, please contact:


Catherine Kamau & Anne Kaara

Department of Private Law

University of Nairobi School of Law

Parklands Campus, 1st Floor

P. O. Box 30197


Tel: 340856/8/9 Ex. 42


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