Faculty of Law experts appointed to represent Kenya at the Permanent Court of Arbitration
Faculty Members, Prof Githu Muigai, Dr. Kariuki Muigua and Dr. Wayne Mutuma have been appointed as Members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration representing Kenya.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), a non-United Nations intergovernmental body with headquarters in the Hague, was founded in 1899. In order to settle disputes resulting from international agreements between member states, international organizations, or private parties, it facilitates arbitration and other types of conflict settlement between nations and offers the services of an arbitral tribunal. The legal problems covered by the cases include territorial and maritime boundaries, sovereignty, human rights, foreign investment, and global and regional trade. 122 states are represented in the two multilateral conventions that make up the PCA. It is an observer for the United Nations.
Prof. Githu Muigai has over 35 years of experience in the practice of law in Kenya and East Africa. He holds LLB and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nairobi and Columbia University School of Law, and has published extensively in the area of Public Law. He has a wide range of areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Information and Communications Technology Law, Insurance and Banking Law, Investments Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Public and Private International Law, Public Procurement Law. Prof. Githu Muigai is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and Institute of Public Secretaries, Law Society of Kenya, East African Law Society, Council of Legal Education, International Commission of Jurists, International Bar Association and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He has appeared as a Counsel and Agent before the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice, and has expertise in justice sector reform and Constitutional reform. He was sworn as Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya on 23rd August 2011.
Dr. Kariuki Muigua is a distinguished law scholar, Environmental Consultant, mediator and Chartered Arbitrator. He served as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Regional Trustee for Africa from 2019 to 2022 and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of over 33 years standing. He was the first winner of the Inaugural CIArb (Kenya Branch) ADR Lifetime Achievement Award 2021, the ADR Practitioner of the Year Award 2021 and the ADR Publisher of the Year 2021. He was the winner of the African Arbitrator of the Year 2022 award at the third African Arbitration Awards held at Kigali Rwanda. He is the author of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice in Kenya and Resolving Conflicts through Mediation in Kenya. In 2023 Chambers and Partners, the world's leading legal ranking and Intelligence Company ranked Dr. Kariuki Muigua Ph.D. in Band 1 of Dispute Resolution (Arbitration)
Dr. Kenneth Wayne Mutuma, PhD, CIArb is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Partner at Kihara & Wyne Advocates. He holds several academic qualifications and is a qualified Architect. His practice spans a wide range of areas, including commercial law, commercial arbitration, construction adjudication, mediation, litigation, conveyancing, corporate governance, refugee law, human rights law and employment law. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), a Certified Professional Mediator, a Certified Secretary and a Certified Governance Auditor. Dr. Wyne is a Senior Lecturer of Law at the University of Nairobi, where he teaches public international law, international relations, human rights law, international humanitarian law, and ADR. He has published extensively in these subjects and is the editor-in-chief of the Eastern Africa Journal on International Humanitarian Law. He has also served as legal advisor to a range of international governments and corporate entities, and is a member of the National Committee on Implementation of IHL in Kenya. He has previously served as Chair of the Independent Elections Panel of Cricket Kenya, as an ad hoc member of the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Appeals Committee.
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