IELRC.ORG - East Africa
 
 
 
Research Areas Africa

 1: biodiversity and biosafety
 2: intellectual property
 3: governance

 4: gender

 5: land

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

Books and edited books

 

Blazing the Trail: Professor Charles Okidi's Enduring Legacy in the Development of Environmental Law

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author(s):
Patricia Kameri-Mbote & Collins Odote (eds)
source:
Nairobi: University of Nairobi (2019).
date: 2019
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Law | Environment | Africa

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author(s):
Patricia Kameri-Mbote et al (eds)
source:
Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft (2019).
date: 2019
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The Gallant Academic - Essays in Honour of HWO Okoth-Ogendo

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author(s):
Patricia Kameri-Mbote & Collins Odote (eds)
source:
School of Law - University of Nairobi (2017).
date: 2017
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Water is Life: Women's human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa

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author(s):
Anne Hellum, Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Barbara van Koppen (eds)
source:
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
source:
Nairobi: Strathmore University Press (2013).
date: 2013
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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
source:
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
source:
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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author(s):
Patricia Kameri-Mbote
source:
Nairobi: Women & Law in East Africa, 1995
date: 1995
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Recent Publications

 

Country Report for Kenya

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Irene Kamunge & James Kipkerebulit Yatich
source: in Oliver C. Ruppel & Harald Ginzky (eds), African Soil Protection Law (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2021), p. 177-294.
date: 2021
publication: academic
abstract full text 2650 [KB]
 

Mapping out Options for Model Legislation for Sustainable Soil Management in Africa

author(s): Harald Ginzky, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Oliver C. Ruppel, Pamela Towela Sambo & Christopher F. Tamasang
source: in Oliver C. Ruppel & Harald Ginzky (eds), African Soil Protection Law (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2021), p. 379-452.
date: 2021
publication: academic
abstract full text 2419 [KB]
 

Wildlife Conservation and Community Property Rights in Kenya

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote
source: in Patricia Kameri-Mbote et al (eds), Law | Environment | Africa (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2019), p. 223-45.
date: 2019
publication: academic
abstract full text 1870 [KB]
 

A Fitting Tribute to Charles Odidi Okidi: The Father of Environmental Law

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote & Collins Odote
source: in Patricia Kameri-Mbote & Collins Odote eds, Blazing the Trail: Professor Charles Okidi's Enduring Legacy in the Development of Environmental Law (Nairobi: University of Nairobi, 2019), p. 2-11.
date: 2019
publication: academic
abstract full text 330 [KB]
 

Building an Army of Environmental Law Scholars: Professor Charles Odidi Okidi's Legacy

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote
source: in Patricia Kameri-Mbote & Collins Odote eds, Blazing the Trail: Professor Charles Okidi's Enduring Legacy in the Development of Environmental Law (Nairobi: University of Nairobi, 2019), p. 95-108.
date: 2019
publication: academic
abstract full text 400 [KB]
 

Reconfiguring Legal Education to Deepen Gender Equality: Mainstreaming Gender Through Curriculum Review at the School of Law University of Nairobi

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Seth Wekesa
source: East Africa Law Journal 54-81 (2018).
date: 2018
publication: academic
abstract full text 771 [KB]
 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Kenya

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Sarah Kinyanjui & Yohana Gadaffi
source: East Africa Law Journal 184-209 (2018).
date: 2018
publication: academic
abstract full text 689 [KB]
 

Constitutions as Pathways to Gender Equality in Plural Legal Contexts

author(s): Patricia Kameri-Mbote
source: 5/1 Oslo Law Review 20-40 (2018).
date: 2018
publication: academic
abstract full text 1518 [KB]