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patricia Kameri-mbote

Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote is a Founding Research Director of IELRC and the Programme Director for Africa. Patricia is a Professor of Law and Dean at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. She was conferred the rank of Senior Counsel in 2012. 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.

Kameri-Mbote also serves on various boards such as: the Global Council of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP); the International Development Law Organization (IDLO); 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: Chair, Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB); 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 Chair, 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 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.

She is also the Africa Editor of the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal), a peer-reviewed academic journal jointly published by IELRC and SOAS.

She has published widely in the areas of international law, environmental law, women's rights and property rights. Her research interests include public international law, environment and natural resources law and policy, human rights, women's rights, intellectual property rights, biotechnology policy and law and economic law.  

Email: pkameri-mbote 'at' ielrc 'dot' org

 

Books and edited books

 

Water is Life: Women’s human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa

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Anne Hellum, Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Barbara van Koppen (eds)
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Harare: Weaver Press
date: 2015
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Ours by Right: Law, Politics and Realities of Community Property in Kenya

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author(s):
Patricia Kameri-Mbote, C. Odote, C. Musembi and M. Kamande
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Nairobi: Strathmore University Press (2013).
date: 2013
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Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks

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author(s):
H.G. Brauch, U.O. Spring, C. Mesjasz, J. Grin, P. Kameri-Mbote, B. Chourou, P. Dunay & J. Birkmann (eds)
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Springer
date: 2011
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Land Use Law for Sustainable Development

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author(s):
N. Chalifour, P. Kameri-Mbote, L.H. Lye, J.R. Nolon (eds)
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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
date: 2007
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Property Rights and Biodiversity Management in Kenya: The Case of Land Tenure and Wildlife

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author(s):
Patricia Kameri-Mbote
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Nairobi: ACTS Press
date: 2002
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The Making of a Framework Environmental Law in Kenya

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author(s):
Charles Odidi Okidi & Patricia Kameri-Mbote
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Nairobi: ACTS-UNEP
date: 2001
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Inheritance Laws and Practices Affecting Kenyan Women

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author(s):
K. Mubuu, N. Karuru, O. Owiti, P. Kameri-Mbote, W. Kiai, W. Mitullah
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Nairobi: Women and Law in East Africa
date: 2001
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The Law of Succession in Kenya: Gender Perspectives in Property Management and Control

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Patricia Kameri-Mbote
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Nairobi: Women & Law in East Africa, 1995
date: 1995
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Articles and book chapters

     
I Want It and I Want It Now: Women and Land in Africa
2 Perspectives 6-9 (2013).
 
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Climate Change and Gender Justice: International Policy and Legal Responses
in OC Ruppel, C Roschmann, K Ruppel-Schlichting eds, International Climate Law and Global Governance: Legal Responses to a Changing Environment (Baden-Baden: Nomos Publishers, 2013), p. 323-48.
 
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Securing the Land and Resource Rights of Pastoral Peoples in East Africa
17/1 Nomadic Peoples 1-4 (2013).
 
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Kenya (Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Governance)
L.J. Kotze & A.R. Paterson eds, The Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Governance: Comparative Perspectives (Kluwer Law International, 2009), p. 451-78
 
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Righting Wrongs: Confronting Land Dispossession in Post-colonial Contexts
East African Law Review (2009), p. 103-124.
 
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The Land Question in Kenya: Legal and Ethical Dimensions
Strathmore University and Law Africa (2009).
 
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Women, Land Rights and the Environment: The Kenyan Experience
49(3) Development (2006), p. 43-48.
 
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Gender, Conflict and Regional Security
in Makumi Mwagiru ed., African Regional Security in the Age of Globalisation (Nairobi: Heinrich Böll Foundation), p. 83
 
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From Conflict to Cooperation in the Management of Transboundary Waters: The Nile Experience
in Linking Environment and Security - Conflict Prevention and Peace Making in East and Horn of Africa (Washington, DC: Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2005).
 
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The Impact of International Treaties on Land and Resource Rights
in Munyaradzi Saruchera ed., Securing Land and Resource Rights: Pan-African Perspectives (Cape Town: Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies, 2004), p. 48
 
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Towards a Liability and Redress System under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A Review of the Kenya National Legal System
1 East African Law Journal (2004), p. 119
 
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The Coverage of Gender Issues in the Draft Bill of the Constitution of Kenya 2002: Have the Hens Finally Come Home to Roost for Kenyan Women?
2/1 University of Nairobi Law Journal (2004), p. 1
 
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Community, Farmers' and Breeders' Rights in Africa: Towards a Legal Framework for Sui Generis Legislation
University of Nairobi Law Journal (2003), p. 120
 
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Gender Considerations in Constitution-Making: Engendering Women's Rights in the Legal Process
University of Nairobi Law Journal (2003), p. 156
 
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Gender Dimension of Law, Colonialism and Inheritance in East Africa: Kenyan Women's Experiences
35/3 Verfassung und Recht in Ubersee (2002), p. 373
 
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The Development of Biosafety Regulation in Africa in the Context of the Cartagena Protocol - Legal and Administrative Issues
11/1 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (2002), p. 62
 
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Custody and the Rights of Children
in Kivutha Kibwana & Lawrence Mute eds, Law and the Quest for Gender Equality in Kenya (Nairobi: Claripress, 2000), p. 161
 
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Patents and Development
in Yash Vyas et al. eds., Law and Development in the Third World (Nairobi: Faculty of Law - University of Nairobi, 1994), pp. 412
 
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Co-authored articles and book chapters

     
Internal Mechanisms for Ensuring Independence and Accountability in the Judiciary in Kenya
in Jill Cottrell Ghai ed., Judicial Accountability in the New Constitutional Order (Nairobi, ICJ Kenya, 2016), p. 73-102.
 
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Spectrum Management and Regulation in Kenya: Engendering Inclusive Access to Technology and Information
Report prepared for the Ford Foundation, 2016.
 
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Integrating Human Rights in Program Evaluation: Lessons from Law and Health Programs in Kenya
in B. Rosenstein & H. Desivilya Syna (Eds.), Evaluation and Social Justice in Complex Sociopolitical Contexts, 146 New Directions for Evaluation 57–69 (2015).
 
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Genetic Use Restriction Technologies, Intellectual Property Rights and Sustainable Development in Eastern and Southern Africa
2015 East African Law Journal 1-23 (2015).
 
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Turning the Tide: Engendering the Human Right to Water and Sanitation
in Anne Hellum et al, Water is Life: Women’s Human Rights in National and Local Water Governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (Harare: Weaver Press, 2015), p. 32-80.
 
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Human Rights, Gender and Water in Kenya: Law, Prospects and Challenges
in Anne Hellum et al, Water is Life: Women’s Human Rights in National and Local Water Governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (Harare: Weaver Press, 2015), p. 81-117.
 
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Not So Rosy: Farm Workers’ Human Right to Water in the Lake Naivasha Basin
in Anne Hellum et al, Water is Life: Women’s Human Rights in National and Local Water Governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (Harare: Weaver Press, 2015), p. 118-46.
 
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Access to Justice: Evaluating Law, Health and Human Rights Programmes in Kenya
16(Suppl 2) Journal of the International AIDS Society 1 (2013).
 
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Climate Change, Law and Indigenous Peoples in Kenya
in Abate Randall S. & Elizabeth Ann Kronk, eds., Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Legal Remedies (London: Edward Elgar, 2013).
 
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Kenya: Justice Sector and the Rule of Law
Johannesburg: Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa
 
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Securing Property Rights in Land in Kenya: Formal Versus Informal
in Christopher Adam et. al. eds, Kenya Policies for Prosperity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), p. 309-328.
 
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Courts as Champions of Sustainable Development: Lessons from East Africa
10/1 Sustainable Development Law & Policy (2009), p. 30-8, 83-4
 
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Water and Food Security in the Nile River Basin: Perspectives of Governments and NGOs of Upstream Countries
in H.G. Brauch, P. Kameri-Mbote et al. eds, Facing Global Environmental Change - Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts (Springer, 2009), p. 651-59
 
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Trouble in Eden: How and Why Unresolved Land Issues Landed ‘Peace-full Kenya’ in Trouble in 2008
35 Forum for Development Studies (2008), p. 167-93
 
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Separating The Baby From the Bath Water: Women's Rights and the Politics of Constitution-Making in Kenya
14/1 East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (2008), p. 1-43.
 
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Following God's Constitution: The Gender Dimension in the Ogiek Claim to Mau Forest Complex
in Anne Hellum et. al, Paths are Made by Walking: Human Rights Interfacing Gendered Realities and Plural Legalities (Harare: Weaver Press, 2006).
 
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Environment For Development - The Human Dimension
United Nations Environment Programme, Africa Environment Outlook 2 (Nairobi: UNEP), p. 1
 
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Biological Diversity Management in Africa: Legal and Policy Perspectives in the Run-up to WSSD
11/1 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (2002), p. 38
 
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Improving Tools and Techniques for Crisis Management - The Ecological Sources of Conflict: Experiences from Eastern Africa
1/2 Romanian Journal of Political Science (2001), p. 134
 
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Public / Private Partnerships for Biotechnology in Africa: the Future Agenda
Nairobi: African Centre for Technology Studies
 
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Agro-biodiversity and International Law - A Conceptual Framework
11 Journal of Environmental Law (1999), p. 257
 
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Joint Implementation and Forestry Projects - Conceptual and Operational Fallacies
74/2 International Affairs (1998), p. 393
 
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Law, Colonialism and Environmental Management in Africa
6/1 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (1997), p. 23
 
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Dolphin Bycatches in Tuna Fisheries: A Smokescreen Hiding the Real Issues?
27 Ocean Development & International Law (1996), p. 333
 
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Law and the Status of Women in Kenya
in Janet Kabeberi-Macharia ed.,Women, Laws, Customs and Practices in East Africa - Laying the Foundation(Nairobi: Women & Law in East Africa, 1995), p. 80
 
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Media and other Contributions

     
Community Land in EA is not a 'Primitive' Precursor of Private Ownership
The East African, 25-31 May 2013.
 

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Challenges to Sustainability in Africa
54/2 Development 243-246 (2011).
 

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Working Papers

     
Fallacies of Equality and Inequality: Multiple Exclusions in Law and Legal Discourses
Inaugural Lecture, University of Nairobi, 24 January 2013.
 
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Environment and Conflict Linkages in the Great Lakes Region
Working Paper 2005-6
 
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Sustainable Management of Wildlife Resources in East Africa - A Critical Analysis of the Legal, Policy and Institutional Frameworks
Working Paper 2005-5
 
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Land Tenure, Land Use and Sustainability in Kenya: Towards Innovative Use of Property Rights in Wildlife Management
Working Paper 2005-4
 
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Intellectual Property Protection in Africa: An Assessment of the Status of Laws, Research and Policy Analysis on Intellectual Property Rights in South Africa
Working Paper 2005-3
 
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Intellectual Property Protection in Africa: An Assessment of the Status of Laws, Research and Policy Analysis on Intellectual Property Rights in Kenya
Working Paper 2005-2
 
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Towards Greater Access to Justice in Environmental Rights: Need for a New Perspective
Working Paper 2005-1
 
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Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the Drylands: Gender Considerations
Working Paper 2005-8
 
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The Land has its Owners! Gender Issues in Land Tenure under Customary Law in Kenya
Working Paper 2005-9
 
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Regulation of GMO Crops and Foods: Kenya Case Study
Working Paper 2005-10
 
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Gender Dimensions of Law, Colonialism and Inheritance in East Africa: Kenya Women's Experiences
Working Paper 2001-1
 
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Violence Against Women in Kenya: an Analysis of Law, Policy and Institutions
Working Paper 2000-1
 
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The Operational Environment and Constraints for NGOs in Kenya: Strategies for Good Policy and Practice
Working Paper 2000-2
 
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Strategic Planning and Implementation of Public Involvement in Environmental Decision-making as the Relate to Environmental Impact Assessment in Kenya
Working Paper 2000-3
 
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