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Varsity unveils Centre for International & Development Law
Mount Kenya University School of Law (MKU SoL) was established in 2009 as part of MKUs contribution towards the advancement of legal education in Kenya. It received Provisional accreditation in 2011. MKU SoL seeks to contribute to the development of the Legal Profession in Kenya by training lawyers who are equipped with immense personal and professional skills that are necessary to respond to the complex and multifaceted legal challenges of the 21st Century.
In line with the University strategic plan of 2015-2019 and the Schools strategic plan spanning the same period, the School of law has embarked on a transformative agenda that seeks to position it as a centre of excellence in research and training in law.
The exponential growth in Kenya’s economy, increased foreign investment and its increasing role as an international and regional player has resulted into multifaceted legal problems that have both a local and international dimensions. This has created a need for re-orientation of legal training so as to produce human resources for this emerging market segment. This reality has seen the MKU school of Law adopt a new niche area ‘International and development Law’ as a way of filling the identified gap which has resulted into overreliance on foreign lawyers.
MKU school of law seeks to leap ahead of its peers by advancing research in the targeted niche area. As part of this endeavour, the school has;
(1) Developed the MKU Law journal with the objectives of :
The journal will be published 3 times a year, although special issues of the journal targeting specific concerns in the area of law may be published as and when they emerge.
(2.) The school has also established the Centre for International and Development law whose objective is :
(3) Embarked on developing partnerships and exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners in the field of International and development Law. To this end, the school has held several public lectures in which renowned experts in the field of international and development Law have often been invited. Some of the recent speakers include Prof Ann Stewart from the University of Warwick (UK), Justice Tyrone Yates (USA) , Prof Richard Miller ,Kobe University (Japan) and Dr. Alan Moore from the University of West Scotland. The school has also continued to conduct domestic exchange programs and free legal clinics in which students are involved in giving free legal advice to vulnerable communities.
It is our hope that these new initiatives, coupled with the Schools Strategic plan and ongoing transformative agenda will successfully reposition it as a renowned Centre of excellence in International and development Law. It is noteworthy that this is the only Law school with this kind of focus in the whole African region. MKU School of Law will therefore leverage upon this uniqueness to attract foreign students and entrench its foothold in the country’s legal training sector.