Prof. Michael Wabwile

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Prof. Michael Wabwile

Founding Dean

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Professor Michael Wabwile is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and has been Commonwealth Scholar at Fitzwilliam College in the University of Cambridge and Commonwealth Post-doctoral Academic Fellow in the United Kingdom. He holds a Ph.D. in Child Rights Law of the University of Leicester, a Master of Law degree in comparative private law of the University of Cambridge and LL.B. of the University of Nairobi.

Professor Wabwile has extensive experience and excellence in developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate law courses. He was previously Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Private Law at Moi University. His main teaching and research work is in the areas of human rights law, child and family law, natural resources law, public international law, comparative law, legal theory, civil remedies and alternative dispute resolution.

Professor Wabwile has recently been External Examiner/ Visiting Scholar at the Makerere University Law School, the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the University of Nairobi Law School. He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies and the Kenya Law Review Journal. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and founder member of the Association of Child and Family Lawyers of Kenya.



Michael Nyongesa Wabwile, Legal Protection of Social and Economic Rights of Children in the developing world: Reassessing International Cooperation and Responsibility (Intersentia, Antwerp 2010 ISBN 978-94-000-0107-7; xiv+258pp).

Selected papers in books and international journals

Michael Nyongesa Wabwile, ‘Realising Children’s Economic and Social Rights: Towards Rights-based Global Action Strategies’ in Martin Ruck, Michele Peterson-Badali and Michael Freeman (eds), Handbook of Children's Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Taylor & Francis, London 2016 forthcoming).

Nyongesa Michael Wabwile, ‘Transnational Corruption, Violations of Human Rights and States’ Extraterritorial Responsibility: a case for International Action Strategies’ (2015) 7 African Journal of Legal Studies pp. 87-114.

Michael Wabwile, ‘International Human Rights and States’ Extraterritorial Responsibility’ in Mark Gibney and Anja Mihr, (eds) Sage Handbook of Human Rights (Sage, London 2014) (chapter 55; pp. 994-1014).

Michael Wabwile, ‘(Economic) Crimes Against Humanity’ in Wouter Vandenhole and Mark Gibney (eds) Litigating International Human Rights (Routledge, London 2013) chapter 14, pp. 221-236.

Michael Wabwile, ‘The Emerging Juridical Status of International Law in Kenya’ (2013) 13 (1) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal pp. 167-189

Trevor Buck and Michael Wabwile, ‘The Potential and Promise of Communications Procedures under the Third Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (2013) 2 International Human Rights Law Review pp. 205-239.

Michael Wabwile, ‘Implementing the social and economic rights of children in developing Countries: The Place of International Assistance and Cooperation’ International Journal of Children’s Rights (2010) 18(3) pp.355-385.

Michael Wabwile, ‘Re-examining States’ External Obligations to Implement Economic and Social Rights of Children’, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol. XXII, Number 2 ( 2009) pp. 407-450.

Michael Wabwile, ‘Rights Brought Home? Human Rights in Kenya’s Children Act 2001’ in Andrew Bainham (ed.), International Survey of Family Law ( Jordan Publishing, Bristol 2005, pp.393-415.

Michael Wabwile, ‘The Place of English Law in Kenya’ (2003) 3 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 2003, pp. 51-80.

Michael Wabwile, ‘The Future of the Common Law in Kenya’ (2002) 20-27 Eastern African Law Review 20-32.

Michael Wabwile, ‘Child Support Rights in Kenya and in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989’ in Andrew Bainham (ed.), International Survey of Family Law (Jordan Publishing, Bristol 2001 pp. 267-284.

Michael Wabwile, ‘Anton Piller Orders Revisited’ Journal of Business Law (2000) 387- 404.

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