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Kenyan Law Academic Phoebe Okowa Elected to International Law Commission

Kenyan law professor Phoebe Okowa was on Friday elected to sit on the Global Legislation Fee, becoming the African female to sit on a lawful advisory body for the United Nations.

Professor Okowa scored 162 votes in a mystery ballot executed by the UN Standard Assembly, winning the demanded two-thirds vast majority vote in the 1st spherical.

And Kenya’s Long lasting Agent to the UN, Dr Martin Kimani, immediately congratulated her as a qualified legal qualified.

He reported Prof Okowa was “an eminent scholar and practitioner” whose “brilliance will illuminate that physique.”

Prof Okowa, an worldwide legislation academic, had seemed probable to clinch the seat following the United Kingdom supported her as nicely as an endorsement from the African Union.

She is currently a professor of Community Worldwide Legislation at Queen Mary University in London, and will now be amid 34 associates of the Fee who draft, study and develop on worldwide law for the UN.

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Prof Okowa has been a Member of the Long term Court docket of Arbitration at The Hague and experienced been drafted to be portion of the lawful workforce for Kenya at the maritime case at the Worldwide Court of Justice towards Somalia. An Advocate of the High Court in Kenya, she has also lectured on international regulation for the United Nations as well as revealed articles or blog posts and books on rising concerns of worldwide regulation.

She has promised to assistance make a overall body of legislation “rooted in political truth and of functional use to Member States.”