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. She was a member of the Committee of Eminent Persons appointed by His Excellency the President of Kenya in February 2006 to advise the government on the way forward for the stalled constitution review process. She has also been identified as a renowned thinker in the global environment and sustainable development field by the World Conservation Union (IUCN); as a renowned and innovative thinker and researcher by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on land rights and served as a Policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Prof. Kameri-Mbote earned her doctorate from Stanford University in 1999 specializing in property rights and environmental law. She had earlier studied law in Nairobi, Warwick and Zimbabwe. She currently teaches Women, Access to Resources and the Law at the Southern and Eastern Africa Research Centre on Women’s Law (SEARCWL) and has most recently taught Natural Resources Law, Research Methodology and Property Theory at the School of Law; Biotechnology Law at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at the College of Physical and Biological Sciences of the University of Nairobi; and Environment Conflict Management at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi.
She has also taught international environmental law at the University of Kansas; Trade, Environment & Law at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa; and serves as external examiner to the Faculties of Law at the Universities of London, Makerere and Dar es Salaam.

 

Kameri-Mbote is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and was conferred the rank of Senior Counsel in 2012. She in the current Dean of the School of Law, University of Nairobi and served as the Chair of the Department of Private Law at the School from 2002 to 2008. She was a member of the Committee of Eminent Persons appointed by His Excellency the President of Kenya in February 2006 to advise the government on the way forward for the stalled constitution review process and also served as a Policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She also serves on various boards such as: the Global Council of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP); the International Development Law Organization (IDLO); the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB); Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE-Uganda); and the Kenya Land Conservation Trust. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Strathmore Law School (Strathmore University, Nairobi) whose preparation, planning, initiation and launch she executed between 2009 and March 2012. She has served on the following boards: the Kenya Copyright Board; the Pell Centre for International Relations, Salve Regina University, Rhode Island; the Arts & Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Research Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality, University of Kent; and the Seeds and Plant Varieties Tribunal.

 

Kameri-Mbote is a member of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences; the International Commission on Environmental Law (ICEL); and the UNEP Expert Group on Environment & Security. She also serves on the editorial boards of the following journals:, Journal of Law, Environment and Development (LEAD); the Global Environmental Politics (GEP);  Journal of Human Rights and the Environment; and the East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights. She has also taught international environmental law at the University of Kansas; Trade, Environment and Law at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa; and teaches Women, Access to Resources and the Law at the University of Zimbabwe. She serves as an external examiner to the Faculties of Law at the following Universities: London; Makerere; Witwatersrand; Dar es Salaam; Australian National University and Westminster.

She has consulted for many international and national agencies including the UK Department for International Development, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Government of Kenya. She has published widely in the areas of international law, environmental law, women’s rights and property rights and participated in international, regional, national and local conferences. Patricia also chaired the Kenya Nile Discourse Forum from 2003 to 2005.
Her research interests include environment and natural resources law and policy, human rights, women’s rights, land rights, intellectual property rights, biotechnology policy and law and economic law.

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