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Faculty of Law
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Nakuru Town Campus College

A hard working, self-motivated and self-driven individual with strong leadership capabilities and a strong sense of responsibility. Successful at research, teaching, program implementation and program evaluation , monitoring and evaluation and report writing having worked with Kenya Human Rights Commission, the Albinism Society of Kenya, CRADLE- The Children’s Foundation, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights University of Pretoria, Office of the Public Defender Lagos, The University of Lagos, The Kenya School of Law and the School of Law University of Nairobi.

  • Jan 2015- Dec 2015: Masters in Law (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.
  • Jan 2012- Dec 2014: Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law, Advocates Training Programme.
  • Oct 2007 - Dec 2011: Bachelors Degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Nairobi, Second Class Honours
  • Jan 2003- Nov 2006: Loreto High School Limuru Kenya Certificate od Secondary Education
  • Jan 1995- Dec 2002: Jomo Kenyatta Academy Kenya Certificate of Primary Education

My key areas of specialization are Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa. In Human Rights I specialise in Constitutional law, Legal aid provision, alnertative approaches on access to justice in the legal field. I am also interested in commissions of inquiry in africa and comparative law. Legal research and writing is also in my key areas of interest as i am interested in drafting of legal documents.

  1. Advocates Training programme, Kenya School of Law 2012 -2014
  • January 2020- Present: Pro Bono Advocate, Egerton Faculty of Law Legal Aid Project funded by UNDP-Amkeni Wakenya
  • April 2018-Present: Tutorial Fellow, Faculty of Law Egerton University
  • April 2016-October 2016: Consultant, Extent to which Kenya has implemented the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Centre for Human Rights
  • March 2016- September 2016: Research Assistant, Commissions of Inquiry and Accountability for the     Violations of the Right to Life in Africa, Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence in Kenya.
  • Aug 2015- Nov 2015: Intern, Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • May 2014-Dec 2014: Legal Officer, Albinism Society of Kenya
  • Feb 2014-Apr 2014: Researcher, County Government of Nairobi, Task force on the legal audit of the Nairobi County Government
  • Jan 2013-July 2013: Pupilage Programme, Office of the Attorney General and Department ofJustice
  • Sept 2011-Mar 2012: Programme Associate, Kenya Human Rights Commission. Department of Transitional Justice, Public Education on Human Rights.
  • April 2011: Volunteer, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. Department of Complaints and Investigations
  • Aug 2010-Feb 2011: Volunteer, The CRADLE, The Children’s Foundation. Legal Aid Department and Research, Monitoring and Documentation Department.
  • July 2009-Sept 2009: Judicial Attachment in Thika Law Courts
  1. Project Advocate Access to Justice for the Poor and Marginalised Faculty of law Legal Aid Project Sponsored by UNDP Amkeni Wakenya
  • Legal  Aid
  • Comparative Law
  • Legal Research and Writing 
  • Access to Justice
  1. Kutima V ‘The Role of Kenyn Law Schools in the provision of Legal Aid in Kenya’ 2020
  2. Kutima V and Thebaud-Buillon N ‘The Extent to which Kenya has implemented the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child’ to be published in the African Human Rights Law Journal
  3. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Botswana: Road to ratification and domestication of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by the Government of Botswana, University of Botswana Gaborone, Botswana 2015
  4. Comparative Law Brief: Jurisprudence of African states and International case law on the of lawful use of force by police during demonstrations or civil unrest, Kenya Right to Life Research Project, Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Prof. Christof Heyns 2015
  5. Ubuntu and Accountability: Truth commissions, Commissions of Inquiry and Transitional Justice, Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria 2015
  • 8-12 Dept 2020: 1st National Legal Aid Conference on Access to Justice and Alternative Justice System
  • 11-19 Sept 2019: Pedagogical Leadership in Africa Training Egerton University Nakuru
  • 26-30 Jan 2015: Attended the Public International Law University of Pretoria
  • 9-13 Feb 2015: Attended the Human Rights of Sexual Minorities in Africa Course University of Pretoria, SA.
  • 9-13 Mar 2015: Attended the Disability Rights in an African Context Course University of Pretoria, SA
  • 11-15 May 2015: Attended the Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa Course University of Pretoria, SA
  • 12 May 2015: Presented a paper on The Implication of Politics on Xenophobia in South Africa, Faculty of Law University of Pretoria
  • 4-5 June 2015: Presented a Paper on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court, the African Commission and the Child Rights Committee Pretoria, SA
  • 10-12 June 2015: Attended the Civil Society Law in Africa Advanced Short Course University of Pretoria
  • 27-31 July 2015:  Attended the Children’s Rights in Africa Course University of Pretoria
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Legal Aid 
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Attachment and Moot Court
  1. Member Law Society of Kenya
  2. Member Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya
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