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Celebrating Legal Minds : Prof. Githu Muigai

Many Kenyans never knew Prof. Githu Muigai until his appointments as the sixth attorney general of Kenya by the then president Mwai Kibaki to replace Amos Wako.

Prof. Githu Muigai was born on 31st January 1960. He attended St. James, Kiambu Primary School between 1967-1973. He then proceeded to Githiga Secondary School between 1974-1977 for O-levels and Meru School between 1978-1979 for A- Levels.

Meru School where Prof. Githu sat for his A-Levels

He was admitted to University of Nairobi of Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) between 1980-1984. Later joined Kenya School of Law between 1984-1985 for Diploma in Law which is mandatory for all practicing lawyers.

He later joined Columbia University Law School, New York between 1985-1986 for Masters in Law (LLM). He thereafter joined University of Nairobi between 1995-2001 for his Doctorate of Philosophy (PHD).

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Advocate High Court of Kenya, Commissioner for Oaths (Kenya), Certified Public Secretary (Kenya), Chartered Arbitrator, (Kenya), Ex-Member of Council, Law Society of Kenya, Ex-Chairman, International Commission of Jurists (Kenya Section), Ex-Member, Executive Board, Legal Advice Centre (Nairobi, Kenya), member, Third World Legal Studies Association (U.S.A), member, International Advisory Board, Journal of Human Rights law and Practice, member Publications and Law Reporting Committee, Law Society of Kenya, Associate Professor, Widener University Law School, Annual Summer, International Law Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, Ex-Chancellor to the Bishop, Diocese of Mount Kenya South, Church of the Province of Kenya, Member Association of American law Schools, Member International Bar Association, Member Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, Member Law Society of Kenya, Member International Commission of Jurists, Chairman and Director ,Institute of Education in Democracy, Ex-Member, Ethics committee Institute of Certified Public Accountants among others.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS

He was the best Student E.A.A.C.E. Class of 1979-Meru School, best Student, First Year Law Class, University of Nairobi – 1980, winner, the Hamilton, Harrison and Mathews Advocates Prize for best Law Student: 1981, best Student ,Third Year law Class, University of Nairobi-1984, winner of the Hamilton, Harrison and Mathews prize for best graduating Student: 1984, winner of the Kaplan & Stratton Advocates, prize for the best final year Student in 1984, winner of the Gandhi Smarak prize for best final year student, University of Nairobi in 1984, Fulbright Scholar: 1985 – 1986 (U.S.A.), Ford Foundation Fellow: – 1991 – 1992, visiting Associate Professor of Law, Widener University Law School, Delaware USA. Fall Semester 1995.

His areas of teaching and research interest include constitutional theory, constitutional Law, international human rights law, international Humanitarian law, transnational Legal problems, civil liberties, gender & the law, jurisprudence and legal philosophy and arbitration.

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