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Mr. Lawrence Mute

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 Mr. Lawrence Mute 

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Lawrence Mute is a lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Nairobi where he teaches Equality Law, Disability Law and Human Rights Law.

He also coordinate the School’s Disability RightsProject.

Between 2003 and 2012, he was a member of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). Between 1996 and 2002, he worked at the Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION), including as Programmes Coordinator and Deputy Executive Director.

Lawrence have written or edited publications including on constitutions and constitutionalism, human rights, governance, media, disability and sexual minorities.He has also undertaken consultancies on human rights and governance for national, regional and international agencies.

He have chaired or been a board member of a number of international, regional and national civil society organisations.
Lawrence have received awards from the Kenyan State, the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists, and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In 2013, he was elected a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACHPR), where he chaired its Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa until 2017, as well as being a member of the Working Group on Older Persons and People with Disabilities in Africa.

In 2017, he was elected Vice Chairperson of the ACHPR, and serves as the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.

In 2017, he was also appointed as a Trustee of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Warwick.

Books and book chapters

  1. ‘Article 18: Liberty of Movement and Nationality’, In: Bantekas, Stein and Anastasiou, The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary (Oxford University Press: 2018).

  2. ‘Progressive Realisation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’, in: Making the Bill of Rights Operational: Policy, Legal and Administrative Considerations(Kenya National Commission on Human Rights: 2011).

  3. ‘Infusing Human Rights in Policy and Legislation: Experiences from Kenya NationalCommission on Human Rights’, in: The Protectors: Human Rights Commissions and Accountability in East Africa (Kituo cha Katiba: 2008).

  4. Editor, State of Constitutionalism in East Africa: Progress, Challenges and Prospects in 2004 (Kituo cha Katiba: 2007).

  5. ‘Proportional Representation: an Option for Electoral Reform in Kenya?’ in: Informing a Constitutional Moment: Essays on Constitutional Reform in Kenya (CLARION: 2005).

  6. Co-editor, A Democratic Landmark? Character of the 2002 General Elections (CLARION: 2003).

  7. ‘Legal-Political Transition in Kenya: the Role of Civic Education’, in (co-editor:

    Building an Open Society: The Politics of Transition in Kenya (CLARION: 2002).

  8. ‘Empowerers and the Process of Empowerment’, in (co-editor): Yearning for Democracy: Kenya at the Dawn of a New Century (Claripress: 2002).

  9. ‘Minority Groups and the Constitutional Review Process’, in (co-editor): When the Constitution Begins to Flower: Paradigms for Constitutional Change in Kenya (Claripress: 2002).

10. ‘Constitutional Developments in Kenya: a Critical Appraisal of the Year 2001’, in: State of Constitutionalism in East Africa (Kituo cha Katiba: 2002).

  1. Co-author, Destroy Corruption before it Destroys You and Your Country CLARION: 2002).

  2. Co-editor and chapter contributor, Initiatives Against Corruption in Kenya: Legal and Policy Interventions 1995-2001 CLARION: 2001).

  3. Co-editor, Law and the Quest for Gender Equality in Kenya (Claripress: 2000).

  4. ‘Media Policy in Kenya’, in: Media, Culture and Performance in Kenya (Frederich Ebert Stiftung: 2000).

15.Editor and contributor, Melodies of the Motherland: an Anthology of Poetry (Claripress: 2000).

16. Co-editor and chapter contributor, The Case for an Ombudsman in Kenya (Claripress:1998).

17.‘Gender and African Politics: the Paradigm of Property’, in: Readings in Constitutional Law and Politics in Africa (University of Nairobi: 1998).

  1. Paralegal Handbook 6: Environmental Law in Kenya (CLARION: 1997)

  2. Co-author, Paralegal Handbook 12, Labour Law and Relations (Claripress: 1997).

  3. Co-editor, The People’s Voice: What Kenyans Say (Claripress: 1997).

  4. Contributor, We are the Government CLARION and RECAP: 1996).

Journal articles

1. Guest editor, Special Issue of East African Law Journal on Disability Rights, 2016- 2017.

  1. Co-author, ‘An Appraisal of the Draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa’, Special Issue of East African Law Journal on Disability Rights, 2016-2017.

  2. Co-author, ‘Developments Regarding Disability Rights During 2013: the AfricanCharter and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’, African Disability Rights Yearbook, Vol. 2 2014.

  3. ‘Moving From the Norm to Practice: Towards Ensuring Legal Capacity for Personswith Disabilities in Kenya’, in: Equal Rights Review, Vol. 6 (2011).

  4. ‘Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Ensuring the Right to Vote for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Kenya’, in: Thought and Practice: a Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya, Vol. 2, No. 2.

  5. ‘State Versus Tribe: the Ideology of Tribalism’, in: Makerere Law Journal. April 1996.

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