IELRC.ORG - East Africa
 
 
 
Research Areas Africa

 1: biodiversity & biosafety
 2: biotechnology
 3: intellectual property

 4: governance

 5: gender

Special African Dossier
  Wildlife

Kenya Office

Kenya is a strategically important country in the Greater Horn of Africa Region. The location of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi has catapulted environmental law issues to a high level of importance.

IELRC Kenya seeks to address environmental issues from a national and international perspective. Given the proliferation of international environmental agreements and Kenya’s membership thereto, IELRC’s discourse links local and national issues to the global arena.

Besides research on the environment, the Kenya office of the IELRC carries out research on gender issues, biotechnology and intellectual property rights. We link the discourses in the different fields to have a synergistic frame of reference. Consequently, access to environmental resources for women is as much our concern as access to new technologies by developing countries and communities of farmers.

The focus in the environmental law area is on:

  • Law and the management of biological diversity;
  • Property rights and environmental resources;
  • The role of international environmental agreements on land and resource rights;
  • Environment, conflict and cooperation;
  • The role of civil society in the management of transboundary water resources focusing on the River Nile;
  • Mapping the Environment Dynamic of the Conflict in the Great Lakes Region;
  • Access to justice in environmental decision-making;
  • and Wildlife law and policy.

The focus on gender issues is on:

  • Engendering law and policy reform;
  • Access, Control and Ownership of Land and Resources;
  • Challenging the Dominant Discourse and Changing Paradigms on Women’s Rights to Land and Resources;
  • The interface between formal and informal norm-creating and enforcing institutions and their impact on women’s rights in agricultural and pastoral communities.

The focus on biotechnology is on:

  • The impact of intellectual property protection and access to biotechnology for small scale farmers;
  • Regulatory frameworks for Genetically Modified Organisms in African countries;
  • and Legal frameworks for liability and redress in biotechnology research, development and commercialisation in Africa.

Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Programme Director
East Africa

Recent Publications

 

Gender Issues in Electoral Politics in Kenya: The Unrealized Constitutional Promise

author(s): Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira & Patricia Kameri-Mbote
source: in Collins Odote & Linda Musumba eds, Balancing the Scales of Electoral Justice – Resolving Disputes from the 2013 Elections in Kenya and the Emerging Jurisprudence (Rome: International Law Development Organization, 2016), p. 177-214.
date: 2016
publication: academic
abstract full text 972 [KB]
 

Internal Mechanisms for Ensuring Independence and Accountability in the Judiciary in Kenya

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Muriuki Muriungi
source: in Jill Cottrell Ghai ed., Judicial Accountability in the New Constitutional Order (Nairobi, ICJ Kenya, 2016), p. 73-102.
date: 2016
publication: academic
abstract full text 3051 [KB]
 

Spectrum Management and Regulation in Kenya: Engendering Inclusive Access to Technology and Information

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Faith Mony Odhiambo, Muriuki Muriungi and Olive Nyawira
source: Report prepared for the Ford Foundation, 2016.
date: 2016
publication: academic
abstract full text 812 [KB]
 

Integrating Human Rights in Program Evaluation: Lessons from Law and Health Programs in Kenya

author(s): Gruskin, S., Waller, E., Safreed-Harmon, K., Ezer, T., Cohen, J., Gathumbi, A. & Kameri-Mbote, P.
source: in B. Rosenstein & H. Desivilya Syna (Eds.), Evaluation and Social Justice in Complex Sociopolitical Contexts, 146 New Directions for Evaluation 57–69 (2015).
date: 2015
publication: academic
abstract full text 145 [KB]
 

Genetic Use Restriction Technologies, Intellectual Property Rights and Sustainable Development in Eastern and Southern Africa

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote & James Otieno-Odek
source: 2015 East African Law Journal 1-23 (2015).
date: 2015
publication: academic
abstract full text 667 [KB]
 

Turning the Tide: Engendering the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

author(s): Anne Hellum, Ingunn Ikdahl and Patricia Kameri-Mbote
source: 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.
date: 2015
publication: academic
abstract full text 541 [KB]
 

Human Rights, Gender and Water in Kenya: Law, Prospects and Challenges

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Francis Kariuki
source: 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.
date: 2015
publication: academic
abstract full text 596 [KB]
 

Not So Rosy: Farm Workers’ Human Right to Water in the Lake Naivasha Basin

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Edna Odhiambo
source: 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.
date: 2015
publication: academic
abstract full text 2958 [KB]