Private Law

Private law is that part of a civil law legal system which is part of the jus commune that involves relationships between individuals, such as the law of contracts or tort (as it is called in the common law), and the law of obligations (as it is called in civil legal systems). It is to be distinguished from public law, which deals with relationships between both natural and artificial persons (i.e., organizations) and the state, including regulatory statutes, penal law and other law that affects the public order. In general terms, private law involves interactions between private individuals, whereas public law involves interrelations between the state and the general population.

Head of Thematic Area

Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote

Members of Thematic Area

Prof Situma Francis D P

Prof Mumma Albert O

Dr. Iwona Rummel - Bulska

Dr Momanyi Akunga Nebat

Dr Oloo Collins Odote

Dr Kibugi Robert Machatha

Mr Munyao Paul Mutua

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Competence in the area of Human Rights Law enables a candidate engage in client representation via proffering legal research, advisory and consultancy services to:

  • Government institutions;
  • Inter-governmental institutions;
  • Regional and International Organisations;
  • The United Nations Environment Programme; and
  • NGO’s among others;


Degree Programmes/Course Units Linked to Thematic Area

GPR 432 Environmental and Natural Resources Law

GPR 433 Trans-boundary Ecosystems & Natural Resources Law

GPR 420 Energy Law

GPR 434 Trade and Environmental Law

GPR 448 Climate Law

GPR 449 Land Use Law

GPR 450 Bio-diversity Law

GPR 451 Coastal and Marine Environmental Law