Bio

PROF. KAMERI MBOTE PATRICIA

Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote is a Founding Research Director of (IELRC), and the Programme Director for Africa. She studied law at the University of Nairobi, the University of Warwick, the University of Zimbabwe and pursued her doctoral studies at Stanford Law School, (Stanford University).

Biographical Summary

Patricia is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and was conferred the rank of Senior Counsel in 2012. She is the Dean of the School of Law, University of Nairobi. She has served as Chair of the Department of Private Law and Acting Dean at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. She has also served as the Director of Research and Policy Outreach and Acting Executive Director at the African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi.

Publications


2016

2015

and Kariuki, PK-MF.  2015.  HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER AND WATER IN KENYA: LAW, PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. IELRC. :81-117.
and Anne Hellum, IIPK-M.  2015.  TURNING THE TIDE: ENGENDERING THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER AND SANITATION. IELRC. :32-80.

2014

2013

and Nyukuri, PK-ME.  2013.  CLIMATE CHANGE, LAW AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN KENYA. IELRC.
and Sofia Gruskin, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, TEAGJCPK-M.  2013.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE: EVALUATING LAW, HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMMES IN KENYA. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 1(16):2-16.
Kronk, REAS &.  2013.  Climate Change, Law and Indigenous Peoples in Kenya. Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Legal Remedies. , London: Edward ElgarClimate Change.pdf

2012

Kameri-Mbote, P, Odote C.  2012.  Liability for Climate Change in Kenya. Website

2011

Mbote, PK, Akech M.  2011.  Kenya: Justice Sector and the Rule of Law. Website
Kameri-Mbote, P.  2011.  Challenges to Sustainability in Africa. AbstractWebsite

Sustainability as defined in the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) denotes development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It has elements of equity among current generations and across successive generations (Brown Weiss,1989). The challenges to sustainability in African states are multi - faceted, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary in nature. These challenges range from social, economic, political and environmental challenges.They cut across the different sectors in the countries with a few of them being unique to a specific sector

and(Eds.), ATJS.  2011.  Pathways to Real Access to Land-Related Resources for Women: Challenging and Overturning Dominant Legal Paradigms. Women and Law: Innovative Regional Approaches to Teaching, Researching and Analysing Women and Law. , Harare: Weaver Press
eds, BJ, et al.  2011.  Avenues for Climate Change Litigation in Kenya. Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice. , London: Cambridge University Press

2010

eds. Christopher Adam, et al.  2010.  Securing Property Rights in Land in Kenya: Formal Versus Informal. Kenya Policies For Prosperity. : Oxford University Press
and(Eds.), THEC.  2010.  Gender and International Environmental Governance. University of Eastern Finland- UNEP Course Series 9. , Joensuu, Finland: University of Eastern Finland

2009

Kameri-Mbote, P.  2009.  What Would it Take to Realise the Promises? Protecting Women’s Rights in the Kenya National Land Policy of 2009 Abstractprotecting_womens_rights.pdfWebsite

Land is a critical resource in Kenya, having economic, social, political, environmental and cultural significance. Kenya’s population continues to rely on land for both subsistence and economic activities. In fact, the increase of the population from about 20 million people in the 1960s to about 40 million currently, has put enormous pressure on land. Only a third of Kenya’s land is arable while the rest is arid and semi-arid. With most Kenyans still living off the land, contestations over access to, control over and ownership of land are prevalent. In the broader Kenya context, the land question has emerged as a major political issue that can erupt anytime and threaten the existence of the state, as was witnessed in the post-election violence in December 2007 (Kameri-Mbote and Kindiki, 2009). Within this context, women’s rights to land have remained at the core of the quest for gender equality in Kenya. Among various Kenyan communities, women do not traditionally own land or other immovable property. They have use rights which are anchored in their relationships with men as husbands, fathers, brothers or uncles. Such access is tenuous and can be denied by the male benefactors. This situation affects the survival and livelihoods of women and also stifles their effective role in, and contribution to, national development. This is despite the fact that women provide the bulk of agricultural labour.

Ruto, S, Kameri-Mbote P, Muteshi J.  2009.  Engendering Environmental Management for Sustainable Livelihoods. The Promises and Realities: Taking Stock of the 3rd International Women’s Conference. , NAIROBI: African Women & Child Feature Service & Ford Foundation
Okowa, JEP&.  2009.  Law, Gender and Environmental Resources: Women's Access to Environmental Justice. Environmental Law And Justice in Context. , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Paterson, LKA&.  2009.  The Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Governance in Kenya. The Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Governance: Comparative Perspectives. : (Wolters Kluwer Law International
PATRICIA, PROFKAMERI-MBOTE.  2009.  The Land Question in Kenya: Legal and Ethical Dimensions”, in Governance. Institutions and the Human Condition. , NAIROBI: Strathmore University and Law Africa
Braun, JV, et al.  2009.  Property Rights for Poverty Reduction. The Poorest And Hungry: Assessments, Analyses, And Actions. : IFPRI
eds, MWBS&.  2009.  Monsanto vs. Schmeiser: Implications for Land Rights of Kenyan Farmers. Intellectual Property Rights in Kenya. , Nairobi: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

2008

Kameri-Mbote, P;, Kabira N.  2008.  Separating the baby from the bath water: women's rights and the politics of constitution-making in Kenya . AbstractWebsite

This article looks at the process of constitution-making in Kenya from 1990s to 2005 when the proposed new constitution (the product of the process) was rejected in a national referendum held in October 2005. It avers that Kenyan women had succeeded in getting many of the issues that they considered important included in the constitution and should have lobbied to have that constitution adopted. The defeat of the constitution, the authors assert amounted to throwing away the baby with the bath water. It also negated gains that seemed so close to being realised setting the quest for gender equality back considerably.

Brauch, HG, Grin J, Mesjasz C, Behera NC, Chourou B, Spring UO, Liotta PH, Kameri-Mbote P.  2008.  ‘Water and food security in the River Nile Basin: The perspectives of governments and NGOS of upstream countries. Facing Global Environmental Change: Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concept. , Berlin – Heidelberg – New York – Hong Kong – London – Milan – Paris – Tokyo: Springer-Verlag
(eds.), OCO, et al.  2008.  Kenya’s National Biosafety Framework. Environmental Governance in Kenya: Implementing the Framework Law. , NAIROBI: East African Education Publishers
(eds.), OCO, et al.  2008.  Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing in Kenya. Environmental Governance in Kenya: Implementing the Framework Law. , NAIROBI: East African Education Publishers, Nairobi
(eds.), OCO, et al.  2008.  Aligning Sectoral Wildlife Law to the Framework Environmental Law. Environmental Governance in Kenya: Implementing the Framework Law. , NAIROBI: East African Education Publishers
(eds.), OCO, et al.  2008.  Land Tenure and Sustainable Environmental Management in Kenya. Environmental Governance in Kenya: Implementing the Framework Law. , NAIROBI: East African Education Publishers
(eds.), OCO, et al.  2008.  The Use of Criminal Law in Enforcing Environmental Law. Environmental Governance in Kenya: Implementing the Framework Law. , Nairobi: East African Education Publishers
Prasad, SP.  2008.  The Use of the Public Trust Doctrine in Environmental Law. The Use of the Public Trust Doctrine in Environmental Law. , Hyderabad India: ICFAI Press

2007

PATRICIA, PROFKAMERI-MBOTE.  2007.  ‘Land Tenure, Land Use and Sustainability in Kenya: Towards Innovative Use of Property Rights in Wildlife Management’,. Land Use for Sustainable Development. , New York: Cambridge University Press
PATRICIA, PROFKAMERI-MBOTE.  2007.  ‘Water and food security in the River Nile Basin: The perspectives of governments and NGOS of upstream countries’. Facing Global Environmental Change: Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concept. , Berlin – Heidelberg – New York – Hong Kong – London – Milan – Paris – Tokyo

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