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Patricia Kameri-Mbote

OSI Africa Policy Scholar


    September 21, 2011

    Professional affiliation

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Private Law, University of Nairobi

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Environment and Security in the Great Lakes Region of Africa"

    Full Biography

    Patricia Kameri-Mbote is a law researcher and teacher based in Nairobi, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Chair of the Department of Private Law, University of Nairobi. She has served as Acting Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi and Director of Research, African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi. She studied law in Nairobi, Warwick, Zimbabwe and Stanford and currently teaches Biotechnology and the Law, Patents Law, International Environmental Law, Law and Feminist Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi. She has also taught international environmental law at the University of Kansas; Trade, Environment & Law at the University of Stellenbosch; and Women, Access to Resources and the Law at the Women's Law Centre, University of Zimbabwe. She serves as external examiner to the Faculties of Law at the Universities of Lesotho, London, Makerere and Dar es Salaam.She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, a board member of the Kenya Copyright Board, the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE-Uganda); Resources Conflict Institute (RECONCILE) and Women and Law in East Africa (WLEA). She has consulted for many international and national agencies including the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the government of Kenya. She has published widely in the areas of international law, environmental law, women's rights and property rights and participated in international, regional, national and local conferences. Patricia also chairs the Kenya Nile Discourse Forum.Her research interests include public international law, environment and natural resources law and policy, human rights, women's rights, land rights, intellectual property rights, biotechnology policy and law and economic law.



    Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) (1999), Stanford University, Stanford Law School; Juridical Sciences Master (J.S.M.) (1996), Stanford University, Stanford Law School; Diploma in Women's Law (DWL) (1995), University of Zimbabwe; Master of Laws (LLM) in Law in Development (1989), University of Warwick;

    Diploma in Legal Education (1988), Kenya School of Law; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (1987), University of Nairobi


    International Development Research Centre, Research grant to carry out research on trends in intellectual property rights research and laws in Africa (2003-2004);

    Stanford Institute of International Studies, O'Bie Schultz Research Grants (1996-97, 98-99);

    Fulbright Scholar (1995-1999);

    Stanford Program in International Legal Studies, Visiting Fellowship (1995-1996);

    Norwegian Agency for International Development, Study Fellowship (1994-1995);

    Overseas Development Authority Shared Scholarship (ODASS) (1988-1989)


    Current Positions:

    Chair, Department of Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi

    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Nairobi

    Department of Private Law, Faculty of Law

    Programme Director, International Environmental Law Research Centre, Nairobi

    Editor-in-Chief, East Africa Law Journal,

    --Peer reviewed journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi

    Editor, Journal of Law, Environment and Development (LEAD)

    --Peer reviewed journal edited by the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom and the International Environmental Law Research Centre and published by Butterworths, India


    Public international law and international organizations; International & comparative environmental law and policy; Intellectual property rights; Human rights; Gender issues; Law and development; Environmental Sources of Conflict; Law, Science and Technology; Trade Law and Policy; International economic law; Property Rights; Media and the Law; Research Methodology

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