Public Law


Public law is that part of law which governs relationships between individuals and the government, and those relationships between individuals which are of direct concern to society. Public law comprises constitutional law, administrative law, tax law and criminal law,as well as all procedural law. In public law, mandatory rules prevail. Laws concerning relationships between individuals belong to private law.

Head of Thematic Area

Prof. Edwin Odhiambo Abuya

Members of Thematic Area

Prof. Edwin Odhiambo Abuya

Prof Mwaura Joseph Kiarie

Prof Paul Musili Wambua

Prof. G. Muigai

Dr Musembi Celestine Nyamu

Dr Jack Busalile Mwimali Ouma

Mr Vyas Yashwant Rai

Mr Rodney W G Omondi Okoth

Mr Ogwang Eric Oluoch

Ms. Evelyne Owiye Asaala

Mrs. Jane F. Aoko Nyangoma

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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;
  • Civil Society Organisations; and
  • NGO’s among others;


Research Projects of Thematic Area

The School of Law University of Nairobi, in a Consortium with the University of Oslo, the University of Zambia, Chancellor College, University of Malawi has received Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) funding in the first round of funding. The funding is for the implementation of a Project entitled - Masters Programme and Capacity Building in Law Faculties:  Engendering Human Rights in Southern and Eastern Africa. The objective of the NORHED project is to develop the institutional capacity and performance of higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to deliver quality education and research, in order to educate more and better qualified candidates, to increase knowledge production and to contribute to evidence-based policymaking.