MKU’S CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT LAW LAUNCHED

Mount Kenya University chairman and founder, Prof Simon Gicharu (right) is joined by the Kenya National Academy of Sciences Secretary, Prof Ratemo Michieka (left) in unveiling the MKU journal and Centre for International and Development law.
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Mt Kenya University school of law was established in 2009 as part of the university’s contribution towards the advancement of legal education in Kenya. It received provisional accreditation in 2011. The school seeks to contribute to the development of the legal profession in Kenya by training lawyers who are equipped with immense personal and professional skills that are necessary to respond to the complex and multifaceted legal challenges of the 21st Century.

It boasts of a well-equipped library, affordable fee, highly qualified staff, a serene learning facility that offers a suitable environment for academic activities and a post-modern moot court. To this end, the school has participated in ( and won awards)  several national moot court competitions such as the all Kenyan moot court competition and the International Jurist Commission (ICJ) Kenya section essay.  In the same regard, it has taken part in international moot court competitions such as the Manfred Lachs space law, regional children rights, all African and the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights (2015) held in Geneva. The integration of mooting in the teaching methodology has not only guaranteed excellent performance in moot court competitions, but has also enriched learners’ experience at MKU’s school of law.

To augment the academic experience of learners, the school offers a wide variety of co –curriculum activities including sports as well as facilities for spiritual enrichment for both Muslims and Christians. The school runs both bachelors and diploma programmes whose intakes are in January, May and December. It admits both day and evening students.

In line with the university’s strategic plan of 2015-2019, the school of law has embarked on a transformative agenda that seeks to position it as a centre of excellence in legal research and training.

Exponential growth

The exponential growth in Kenya’s economy, increased foreign investment and  the country’s  pivotal  role as an international and regional player has resulted into multifaceted legal problems that have both local and international implications. This has created a need for re-orientation of legal training so as to produce human resources for this emerging market segment .The  reality has seen the  school adopt a new niche area ‘International and development Law’ as a way of filling the  gap which has resulted into overreliance on foreign lawyers.

MKU school of law seeks to leap ahead of its peers by advancing research in the targeted niche area. As part of this endeavour, the school has developed the MKU Law journal with the objectives of :

  1. Providing a platform for dissemination of legal research findings;
  2. Inculcating the spirit of research and publication in legal training;
  3. Advancing knowledge sharing among legal practitioners and educators;
  4. Acting as a platform for collaborative research between state, non-state and the private sector;
  5. Enhancing the internationalization of legal research and training.

The journal will be published 3 times a year, although its special issues targeting specific concerns in the area of law may be published as and when they emerge.

The school has also established the centre for international and development law whose objective is to:

  1. Foster research on  international and development law;
  2. Provide an intellectual habitat for continuing legal training on international and development law;
  3. Provide a platform for dissemination of research findings;
  4. Create a platform for networking and partnership in legal research and training;
  5. Act as a linkage between legal researchers and implementers;
  6. To provide capacity building.

Moreover, it has embarked on developing partnerships and exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners in the field of international and development law. To this end, the school has held several public lectures in which renowned experts in the field of international and development law have been invited. Some of the recent speakers include: Prof Ann Stewart from the University of Warwick (UK), Justice Tyrone Yates (USA), Prof Richard Miller, Kobe University (Japan) and Dr. Alan Moore from the University of West Scotland. The school has also continued to conduct domestic exchange programmes and free legal clinics in which students are involved in giving free legal advice to vulnerable communities.

 

 

 

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