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RTD JUSTICE WILLY MUTUNGA; PhD, D.JUR, SC, EGH

                                                                 






Justice Dr Willy Mutunga was appointed Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court on June 22, 2011 in what is still considered the most rigorous public scrutiny of an individual for public office.



Dr Mutunga obtained a bachelor’s degree in law and master’s degree from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in 1974 and 1971, respectively. He taught law at the University of Nairobi, where he was also secretary-general of the University Staff Union. His campaign for democracy in Kenya saw him detained without trial for a year.
 

He has served as chairman of the Law Society of Kenya. He obtained a doctoral degree in Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada in 1992.
 

He has established and served in many civil society organisations, among them the Legal Advice Centre (Kituo cha Sheria); the Law Society of Kenya; the Council for Legal Education, Kenya; the Citizens Coalition for Constitutional Change (4Cs); the Kenya Human Rights Commission; the East African Centre for Constitutional Development [Kituo Cha Katiba], Uganda; and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (ICHRDD), Montreal, Canada. Prior to his appointment as the Chief Justice, he served as the Resident Representative of the FORD Foundation Eastern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi.

 
For his outstanding contribution to the development of law, human rights, good governance and social justice, Dr Mutunga has received several national and international honours and awards including Senior Counsel, 2003; Lifetime Achievement Award for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights from the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in 2003, the Jurist of the Year Award from the International Commission of Jurists Kenya Section in 2003; and the first Law Society of Kenya Distinguished Services Award for Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and Human Rights in 1988, later named Father Kaiser Award.

 
Dr Mutunga has published two books, The Rights of Arrested and Accused Persons, and Constitution-Making from the Middle: Civil Society and Transition Politics in Kenya, 1992-1997, as well asmany chapters in various books, essays and articles on human rights, law and society.


The Chief Justice, is the head of the Judiciary and also President of the Supreme Court.

 
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