This publication is a collection of essays on human rights and democratic governance in Kenya in the period after the 2007 post-elections violence.
After surviving the trauma of electoral violence, the country soon embarked on a journey towards reconstruction by engaging in, among other things, intense re-evaluation of the then existing system of laws and institutions. In the process, the daunting task has been to reverse the flawed systems that have been in existence for many decades and in their place entrench systems that would promote and respect democratic governance and human rights. This publication, therefore, documents the extent of the country’s reconstruction since 2007, and makes recommendations for the way forward for the recovery of the state.
The editors of this publication are distinguished Kenyan academics. Morris Kiwinda Mbondenyi is an Associate Professor of Law at the Africa Nazarene University. Evelyne Owiye Asaala is a Lecturer of Law at the University of Nairobi. Tom Kabau is a Senior Lecturer of Law at the Africa Nazarene University. Attiya Waris is a Senior Lecturer of Law at the University of Nairobi.
Morris Kiwinda Mbondenyi is an Associate Professor of Law and the Founding Dean of the Africa Nazarene University Law School. He completed his Doctor of Laws and Master of Laws studies at the
University of South Africa (UNISA), and his Bachelor of Laws degree at Moi University, Kenya. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Prof Mbondenyi has several years of experience in legal research, lecturing, advising and consulting. He has consulted with, researched and worked for, and advised a number of organisations in Africa, including the Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, International Commission of Jurists, the University of the Witwatersrand Law School (Johannesburg, South Africa), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR, Arusha Tanzania), Johannesburg United Institute of Education, Foundation for Human Rights, South African Human Rights Commission and Arise Africa Consultants. He has numerous academic publications (books, book chapters and refereed journal articles) and has presented papers in both local and international conferences and seminars. He has also acted as a peer-reviewer for numerous law
journals and is one of the Founding Editors-in-Chief of the Africa Nazarene University Law Journal (ANULJ). He is also a Council of Legal Education (Kenya) Peer Reviewer. Prof Mbondenyi is a member of several professional organisations. In addition, he is involved in community development, particularly, in charity work and pro bono legal and human rights consultancy and advisory services. In 2011, he was recognised by the Kenyan Business Daily Newspaper as one of the ‘Top 40 under 40 Men’ for his outstanding achievements at a youthful age; in 2012 his biography was listed in Marquis who is who in the world; and in 2013 he received the Distinguished Research and Innovation Award of the Africa Nazarene University.
Evelyne Owiye Asaala is a Lecturer of Law at the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing her PhD (out of seat) at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She holds a Master of Laws degree from
the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). She has previously worked with the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya (TJRC) as a consultant; the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights and the Kenyan Task Force on Bail and Bond Policy and Guidelines in similar capacities; and also as a Lecturer of Law at Africa Nazarene University (Kenya). Her areas of specialisation are International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and
Tom Kabau holds a PhD in Public International Law from the University of Hong Kong, an LLM from the University of Nairobi, and has previously been a Research Fellow at Utrecht University. In 2015, he was a Transnational Law Summer Institute Fellow at King’s College London. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Africa Nazarene University School of Law and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He has published in reputable peer-reviewed journals and has also served as a peer-reviewer. His research interests are in Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Law and Development, and Intellectual Property Law.
Attiya Waris is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Commercial Law, University of Nairobi in Kenya and a Visiting Lecturer, National University of Rwanda. She is a Member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Informal Task-Force on Tax and Development. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Tax Law and Development from Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK), and holds two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees; one in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the
University of Pretoria in South Africa, and the other in Business and Commercial Law from the University of London, as well as an Undergraduate Honours Law degree from the University of Nairobi. She is also currently the Patron of the University of Nairobi Law Journal, Co-Editor of the Journal of Australian Taxation and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Juba Law Journal. She comes from a strong mixed practitioner and academic background, having worked in the UK as well as several countries in Africa in various and diverse institutions including academic institutions, law firms, Non-Governmental Organisations as well as the United Nations. She has published numerous articles and recently authored a book titled Tax and development: Solving the fiscal crisis through human rights (2013) and coedited a book titled Tax justice and the political economy of global capitalism, 1945 to the present (2013).