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THE LAWYER AFRICA | Top Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya 2023

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THE LAWYER AFRICA | TOP REAL ESTATE AND FINANCE LAWYERS IN KENYA 2023 lists the Top Teal Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya in Four Categories, namely Top Statespersons in Real Estate Law in Kenya (features the 15 Most Respected Real Estate and Finance practitioners in practice for at least 38 years), Real Estate and Finance Lawyers Hall of Fame | Kenya 2023 (features the 75 Most Distinguished Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya in 2023), Top 100 Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya 2023 (features the 100 Leading Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya in 2023) and Up-and-Coming Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya 2023 (features the 75 Most Promising Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya in 2023). Here is the FULL LIST of THE LAWYER AFRICA | Top Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya 2023(PDF).

THE LAWYER AFRICA | TOP STATESPERSONS REAL ESTATE AND FINANCE LAW IN KENYA 2023

  1. Alexandra Kontos, Walker Kontos
  2. Ambrose Rachier, Rachier & Amollo Advocates LLP
  3. Amrit Soar, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)
  4. Clifford O. Rachuonyo, Rachuonyo & Rachuonyo Advocates
  5. David Raffman, Raffman Dhanji Elms & Virdee
  6. Eliud N. Njoroge, Ndung’u, Njoroge & Kwach Advocates
  7. Fackson W. Kagwe SC, Ndungu Njoroge & Kwach Advocates
  8. Geoffrey Chege Kirundi, Kirundi & Co. Advocates
  9. George Waruhiu, Waruhiu & Co. Advocates.
  10. Gudka Suhasini, A.B. Patel & Patel LLP
  11. Harit Sheth, Harit Sheth Advocates
  12. Mohammed Madhani, Madhani Advocates LLP
  13. Nyambura Musyimi, Nyambura Musyimi Advocates
  14. Paul N. Ndungu, Ndungu, Njoroge & Kwach Advocates
  15. Sally Mahihu, Bowyer Mahihu & Co. Advocates

THE LAWYER AFRICA | HALL OF FAME REAL ESTATE AND FINANCE LAWYERS IN KENYA 2023

  1. Adams Muthama, Munyao, Muthama & Kashindi Advocates
  2. Adan Ahmed Sheikh, Wetangula, Adan & Co. Advocates
  3. Adil Khawanja, Dentons Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews
  4. Adnan Khan, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna.
  5. Akash Devani, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna (Mombasa)
  6. Alex Njage, Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney LLP)
  7. Amos Kipkales C. Kale, Kale Maina & Bunditich
  8. Amyn Mussa, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
  9. Anne Kinyanjui, DLA Piper Africa Kenya (IKM Advocates)
  10. Caroline Kittony-Waiyaki, Kittony Waiyaki Advocates
  11. Christopher Omulele, Omulele & Tollo Advocates
  12. Daniel Gatumu Ndeke, Sheth & Wathigo Advocates
  13. David Wainaina Ireri, Wainaina Ireri Advocates LLP
  14. Davinder Virdee, Raffman Dhanji Elms & Virdee
  15. Eric Bengi, BMA Advocates
  16. Esther Omulele, MMC Asafo
  17. Faith Waigwa, NOW Advocates LLP
  18. Faiyaz Anjarwalla, A.B. Patel & Patel LLP
  19. Florence Mwangangi, F. Mwangangi & Co. Advocates
  20. Francis Olalo, Rachier & Amollo Advocates LLP
  21. George Sichangi, Sichangi & Partners
  22. Gladys Mboya, Mboya, Wangong’u & Waiyaki Advocates
  23. Guy Spencer Elms, Raffman Dhanji Elms & Virdee
  24. Hannah Gitonga-Mwangi, Gitonga Mwangi & Co. Advocates
  25. Hannah W. Muriithi, Hannah Muriithi & Co. Advocates
  26. Hasna M. Mudeizi, H.M. Mudeizi & Co. Advocates
  27. Henry Mutea, HKM Associates
  28. Isaiah Mungai Kamau, MMC Asafo
  29. Jane N. Ruigu-Njuguna, Mbigi Njuguna & Company
  30. Jane W. Waweru, K. Mwaura & Co. Advocates
  31. Jeremy Mutero, Njonjo, Okello & Mutero Advocates LLP
  32. Jessica Mwenje, MMC Asafo.
  33. John Irungu Wachira, Maina & Wachira Advocates
  34. John Mburu, John Mburu & Co. Advocates
  35. Joseph Gitonga M’limbiine, M’limbiine & Mungai Advocates
  36. Josephine Namasaka, Namasaka & Kariuki Advocates
  37. Kairu Mbuthia, Kairu Mbuthia Law LLP
  38. Kamotho Waiganjo, KM&M Advocates LLP
  39. Kanyi Gachoka, Kimondo Gachoka & Co. Advocates
  40. Kimathi Kamencu, Musyimi & Co. Advocates
  41. Kirti Shah, Shah & Shah Advocates
  42. Leah Kiguatha, Kiguatha & Co. Advocates
  43. Lily K. Musinga, Musinga & Co. Advocates
  44. Linda Watiri Muriuki, LJA Associates Advocates
  45. Madhav Bhalla, Taibjee & Bhalla
  46. Martin M. Mugi, Mamicha & Co. Advocates
  47. Maureen Mujera, O&M Law LLP
  48. Maurice Omuga, Omuma Advocates LLP
  49. Mitchell Menezes, L.G. Menezes Advocates
  50. Mona K. Doshi, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
  51. Philemon Morara Apiemi, Morara Apiemi & Co. Advocates
  52. Mwangi Karume, Njoroge Regeru & Company
  53. Nabhan Swaleh, Sachdeva, Nabhan & Swaleh Advocates
  54. Nancy Wambui Ikinu, Kangethe & Mola Advocates
  55. Nishit Maru, CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates LLP
  56. Njora Waweru, Njora Waweru & Co. Advocates
  57. Njuguna Muri, MMTK Advocates LLP
  58. Norah Mutuku, DLA Piper Africa, IKM Advocates
  59. Omar K. Amin, Amin & Co. Advocates
  60. Pamela Ager, Oraro & Company Advocates
  61. Patricia N. Waruhiu, Waruhiu & Co. Advocates
  62. Patrick Ngunjiri, Patricks Law Associates (PLASS Law)
  63. Patrick Ochwa, COOTOW Advocates
  64. Paul Lilan, Lilan & Koech Advocates
  65. Peris Wangari Karanja, Karanja Njenga Advocates
  66. Peter M. Mwangi, Walker Kontos
  67. Rachel M. Mugo, Rachel Mugo & Co. Advocates
  68. Rachel Mbai, Kaplan & Stratton
  69. Richard Kariuki, Harit Sheth Advocates
  70. Saili Malonza, S.S. Malonza & Co. Advocates
  71. Sonal Raval, Sonal Raval Advocate
  72. Stephen Karanja Kabucho, Kimani Kabucho Mbeneka Advocates
  73. Stephen Kipkenda, Kipkenda & Co. Advocates
  74. Tom Onyango, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP
  75. Wilfred Konosi, Konosi & Co. Advocates

THE LAWYER AFRICA | TOP 100 REAL ESTATE AND FINANCE LAWYERS IN KENYA 2023

  1. Abdulhafeez Noorani, Dally Inamdar Advocates LLP
  2. Abdullahi Garane, Garane & Somane Advocates
  3. Alice Rwamba Githinji, G&G Advocates LLP
  4. Aliyah Padamshi, Padamshi & Co. Advocates
  5. Alvin O. Rachier, Rachier & Amollo Advocates LLP
  6. Angella Wairimu Kangethe, G&A Advocates LLP
  7. Apollo Muinde, Apollo Muinde & Partners Advocates
  8. Ardline K. Muchiri-Muciimi, A.K. Muchiri & Co. Advocates
  9. Beatrice Kihagi, MG Law Advocates
  10. Bernard Kibet Sang, Sang Chambers & Partners
  11. Carol Lajah, Kiruti & Co., Advocates
  12. Caroline Ameyo, Onyango & Ameyo Advocates
  13. Caroline Etyang, Kaplan & Stratton Advocates
  14. Caroline Karugu, Ashitiva Advocates LLP
  15. Caroline Kimoita, CM Advocates LLP
  16. Collins Otieno Oloo, Madhani Advocates LLP
  17. Daniel M. Muriuki, Oundo Muriuki & Company
  18. Daniel Muriungi, Daniel & Kenneth Advocates LLP
  19. Dave L. Siganga, Siganga & Co. Advocates
  20. David Kimani, Mwamuye, Kimathi & Kimani Advocates
  21. Davies Mulani, MJD Associates Advocates*
  22. Edward Lesinko, Lesinko Njogore & Gathogo Advocates
  23. Eva Nduta Munene, Nduta, Munene & Komu Advocates
  24. Eva Wanja Ndung’u, McKay Advocates
  25. Fidel Mwaki, Fidel Mwaki & Co. Advocates
  26. Geoffrey Eric Odongo, Ameli Inyangu & Partners AdvocatesP
  27. Geoffrey Wekesa, Kimani & Michuki
  28. George Mugane, Mugane & Company Advocates
  29. Grace Kihungi, G.N. Kihungi & Co. Advocates
  30. Hannah Wahu, MNM Law Group
  31. Hannah Wangui Githuku, Githuku & Githuku
  32. Harpreet Ubhi, CMS Daly Inamdar
  33. Hellen R. Namisi, Namisi & Co. Advocates
  34. Innocent Muganda, Sagana Biriq & Co. Advocates
  35. Irene Kiwool, Muchemi & Co. Advocates
  36. Irene Koech, Ahmednasir Abdullahi Advocates LLP
  37. Irene Wamaitha Waweru, Wamaithya Waweru & Co. Advocates
  38. James Kituku, Oraro & Company Advocates
  39. James Njuguna, Kariuki Muigua & Co. Advocates
  40. Jane Makena Kirimi, JMK Advocates
  41. Jean Ogolla, Rachier & Amollo Advocates LLP
  42. Joan Mutabari, Joan Emma Advocates
  43. Joanne Mugambi, Waweru Gatonye & Co. Advocates
  44. John Kihia, Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney LLP)
  45. Joseph N. Ngigi, Joe Ngigi & Co. Advocates LLP
  46. Josephine Kongweno, Kogweno & Bubi Advocates
  47. Judith A. Okanda, Mulanya & Maondo Advocates
  48. Judy Guandaru, MMC Asafo (Muriu Mungai & Co. Advocates)
  49. Judy Kabubu, MMAN Advocates
  50. June Njoroge-Ngwele, Mboya, Wangong’u & Waiyaki Advocates
  51. Ken Ashimosi, MAKS & Partners
  52. Kenneth W. Maina, Maina & Partners Advocates LLP
  53. Kiruki Mutwiri, Kiruki & Kayika Advocates
  54. Laureen Naomi Ong’ayo, Naomi & Kilemi Advocates
  55. Lilian Lofty, CMS Daly Inamdar
  56. Lorna Mainnah, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
  57. Lydia A. Owuor, CM Advocates LLP
  58. Maggie Kinyanjui, Raffman Dhanji, Elms & Virdee Advocates
  59. Maina Muhiu Wangai, Mahida & Maina Advocates
  60. Manvinder Sehmi, Raffman Dhanji, Elms & Virdee Advocates
  61. Michael Kiprono Chirchir, LKK Law LLP
  62. Michael Kiruti, Kiruti & Co. Advocates
  63. Mirriam Kimondiu, CKM Advocates
  64. Mohammed Abdullahi, Abdullahi Gitari & Odhiambo (AGO) Advocates
  65. Moses Chege Kibathi, Chege Kibathi & Co. Advocates LLP
  66. Muthoni Runji-Pertet, RONN Law Advocates LLP
  67. Naomi Mwaniki, Mohammed Muigai LLP
  68. Nelly Mutungi, ANL Advocates.
  69. Nyawira Kirubi, RNK Advocates
  70. Omar Said, Omar Said & Co. Advcoates
  71. Paul K. Njoki, Robinson Harris & Co. Advocates
  72. Paulette Achieng, Lumallas Achieng & Kavere Advocates
  73. Peter Mwendwa Wambua, Wainaina Ireri Advocates LLP
  74. Philip Muoka, Philip Muoka & Co. Advocates
  75. Princess Caroline Mutisya, CR Advocates LLP
  76. Rahma Jillo, Mahmoud Gitau Jillo Advocates
  77. Renice Midar, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP
  78. Ribin Ondwari, Ashitiva Advocates LLP
  79. Richard K. Cheruiyot, Kipkorir Cheruiyot & Kigen Advocates LLP
  80. Ruth Kirunga, Kaplan & Stratton
  81. Mutethia Kibira, Muteithia Kibira Advocates
  82. Saahil Patel, MW&C Advocates LLP
  83. Safina Madhani, Madhani & Company Advocates
  84. Samuel Maina, Maina & Onsare Advocates
  85. Samuel Olalo, Akedi & Olalo Advocates
  86. Sarah Kemunto Mose, Mose, Mose & Mose Advocates
  87. Sauda Ahmed, Sheikh & Company Advocates
  88. Sigee Koech, Dentons Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews
  89. Simon Kiriba, Coulson Harney LLP
  90. Stella Situma, CMS Daly Inamdar
  91. Stephen Ayiera, Nyarango & Co. Advocates
  92. Stephen Kibungei, Kibungei & Company
  93. Sylvia Kang’ethe, Mboya Wangong’u & Waiyaki
  94. Terry Otieno, MNO Advocates LLP
  95. Terryann Muthoni, Simba & Simba Advocates
  96. Tom Ngeri, Ngeri Omiti & Bush (NOB) Advocates LLP
  97. Victor Onyango, Onyango & Tarus Advocates
  98. Wangoko Njoroge, Wangoko & Company
  99. Willy Soita Simiyu, Soita & Associates Advocates
  100. Winfred Wangari Gitao, Merwin & Company Advocates

THE LAWYER AFRICA | UP & COMING REAL ESTATE AND FINANCE LAWYERS IN KENYA 2023

  1. Agnes Nicole Gichuhi, ALN Kenya (Anjarwalla & Khanna)
  2. Alice Mugo, Alice Mugo & Associates
  3. Annette Bochaberi Guto, Mulondo & Company Advocates
  4. Anthony G. Fondo, Kupalia, Fondo, & Mwangunya Associates
  5. Barbara A. Malowa, Alakonya Law Advocates
  6. Betty M. Njuki, Njuki & Co. Advocates
  7. Boniface Abuya, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya | IKM Advocates
  8. Charles Ojuok, Archer & Wilcock
  9. Christine W. Njoroge, Wambui Njoroge Advocates
  10. Claudeta Malonza, G&A Advocates LLP
  11. Daniel Kabue, Simba & Simba Advocates
  12. Davidson Mwangi Githinji, Kimondo Gachoka & Co. Advocates
  13. Deborah Ontiri, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
  14. Diana Nderitu, CM Advocates LLP
  15. Doreen Okwiri, Okwiri & Company Advocates
  16. Doreen Onwong’a, KN Law LLP
  17. Dyna Mukami Njihia, KOMM Advocates
  18. Emma Ochieng, Gikera & Vadgama
  19. Eric Kariuki Macharia, Mahida & Maina Advocates
  20. Esther Wanjiru Kimani, Catherine Karanja & Esther Kimani Advocates
  21. Eugene Kubally, Robinson Harris Advocates LLP
  22. Grace Mushokambere, Miller & Company
  23. Grace Wanjala Mcharo, GHM Advocates LLP
  24. Hilda Njoroge, Limo & Njoroge Advocates
  25. James Marumi, JP Ngoya & Austine Advocates LLP
  26. Jane Kimori, Oluoch Kimori Advocates
  27. Janeirene Maina, Wamae & Allen
  28. Janet Nduku, J.N. Muema & Co. Advocates
  29. John Matheka, Matheka Oketch Advocates
  30. Julius Njoroge, J.M. Njoroge & Co. Advocates
  31. Karen Mwende Nduva, Karen & Associates Advocates
  32. Kelvin Njoroge Ng’ang’a, Kotonya Njoroge LLP
  33. Kenneth Likoko, OLM Law Advocates LLP
  34. Kevin O. Othero, Ako Advocates LLP
  35. Kyalo Matata, Matata & Mwabonje Advocates LLP
  36. Lilian Wanjiku Njeru, Wanjiku & Partners
  37. Lizzy Achieng, Kasmani & Achieng Advocates LLP
  38. Lorraine Ooma, O&M Law LLP
  39. Mary Kanini Kitoo, Kito, Bosco & Associates Advocates (KAA)
  40. Mary Muasya, Kairu Mbuthia Law LLP
  41. Mary Mwangi, Brian Otieno & Company Advocates
  42. Maryanne Wambui Karani, Ngara Karani & Co. Advocates
  43. Maureen Nyakinyua, DLA Piper Africa (IKM Advocates)
  44. Mitchell Kitonyi, Mitch Kitonyi & Associates Advocates
  45. Mitchelle Kurgat, KKOA Advocates LLP
  46. Monicah Wangui Mwangi, Mamicha & Company Advocates
  47. Mugo Kamau, Double M Advocates
  48. Muthoni Kamau, K&K Advocates LLP
  49. Nancy Gitau, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
  50. Nancy Ndegwa, CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates LLP
  51. Nanzala B. Mayabi, Nanzala Mayabi & Associates
  52. Nicole Wanjiru, Chege Kariuki & Associates
  53. Njeri Maina, Coulson Harney LLP
  54. Nyakeru Wagechi Waciira, Kimani & Michuki
  55. Nyambura Shani, Senaji & Shani Advocates LLP
  56. Patricia Lelei, McKay Advocates
  57. Paul Muthoka, P.N. Muthoka & Company
  58. Penina Gitau, Maina & Onsare Advocvates
  59. Peter Gathu, Gitahi Gathu & Co. Advocates
  60. Phyllis Wambui Njoroge, P.W. Njoroge & Co. Advocates
  61. Rachel Keino, Kalya & Co. Advocates
  62. Rispa Nyoro, Nyaanga & Mugisha Advocates
  63. Ronald Wambugu, Wang’ombe Wambugu Law & Co. Advocates
  64. Roselyne Muyanga, CFL Advocates
  65. Salome Wairimu Ndungu, Senteu & Ndungu Advocates
  66. Samuel Gitonga Njuguna, Samuel Gitonga & Associates
  67. Samuel Kiongera, KWEW Advocates LLP
  68. Sharon Rodah Ochola, Mamicha & Company Advocates
  69. Sheila Munyi, MA Law Africa
  70. Sheila Mutiga, Mboya Wangong’u & Waiyaki
  71. Sheryl Akinyi Omoroh, HKM Associates
  72. Veronica L. Mwangoma, VM&A Advocates
  73. Wanjiku Mucheru, Mucheru & Company Advocates
  74. Wilson Ngigi Wanjiku, Fatuma Wanjiku & Co. Advocates
  75. Winnie Ayimba, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP

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Njoki Mboce: I am Members Project for LSK President

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By Njoki Mboce for LSK President 2024-2026 Team

Today, LSK faces an existential threat from those who seek to compromise its mandate by aligning with the regime in ongoing attempts to undermine the place of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and erode the Rule of Law. This has the potential to regress the country to a state of impunity and dictatorship reminiscent of the past.

In such turbulent times, the LSK requires a leader who is resolute, decisive, and impartial. Harriet Njoki Mboce is this suitable leader, with a firm reputation, who will speak Truth to power in the face of encroaching dictatorship.

The actions of a candidate are a mirror of who they are, and what they will be in office. If a candidate wants the office at all costs, and abuses members’ trust to get there, they will have no integrity while in office. Harriet Njoki Mboce is unequivocally the LSK Members’ project. Boldly and firmly acting to defend Independence of the BAR, institutions, and the Rule of Law, she has maintained this commitment throughout her campaigns for President of LSK. This offers a strong basis to fearlessly champion members’ interests and protect the BAR from capture by the State and unscrupulous cartels.

Growing up, I dreamt of being a Navy Officer. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would one day be seeking the Presidency of an organisation previously led by impeccable names such as SC Gibson Kamau Kuria, SC Pheroze Nowrojee, SC Paul Muite, SC Hon Dr. Willy Mutunga (CJ Emeritus) and SC Raychelle Omamo, among others. It has taken resilience and a high dose of firm, and bold commitment to get here.

LSK requires a leader to withstand the pressure within and without, and to take the heat on behalf of the membership, whenever the Country and the Society’s living tenets come under threat. This resilience as a quality in the President of LSK enables me in a big way to see the wider horizon of the environment we operate in, to prepare for the storms and to boldly and firmly focus and act on our bigger mandate.

Come elections day, 29th February, 2024, I invite members to ask themselves: Which candidate shows real signs that they will not be corrupted, will run an accountable organisation and will sustain the moral and probity to place the LSK on a path of Independence? I humbly seek your vote to bring this desire home. Please vote for the Member’s project, Harriet Njoki Mboce, HSC for President of The Law Society of Kenya (2024-2026)

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Way Forward in Ensuring Just Transition in Climate Justice

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By Hon. Prof. Kariuki Muigua, OGW, PhD, C.Arb, FCIArb is a Professor of Environmental Law and Dispute Resolution at the University of Nairobi, Member of Permanent Court of Arbitration, Leading Environmental Law Scholar, Respected Sustainable Development Policy Advisor, Top Natural Resources Lawyer, Highly-Regarded Dispute Resolution Expert and Awardee of the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) of Kenya by H.E. the President of Republic of Kenya. He is The African ADR Practitioner of the Year 2022, The African Arbitrator of the Year 2022, ADR Practitioner of the Year in Kenya 2021, CIArb (Kenya) Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 and ADR Publisher of the Year 2021 and Author of the Kenya’s First ESG Book: Embracing Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) tenets for Sustainable Development” (Glenwood, Nairobi, July 2023) and Kenya’s First Two Climate Change Law Book: Combating Climate Change for Sustainability (Glenwood, Nairobi, October 2023), Achieving Climate Justice for Development (Glenwood, Nairobi, October 2023) and Promoting Rule of Law for Sustainable Development (Glenwood, Nairobi, January 2024)*

In order to embrace just transition, it is imperative to build a climate resilient and integrated sustainable energy sector in Africa and other regions which are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It has been observed that Africa has rich energy and mineral resources including lithium, graphite, cobalt, nickel, copper, and rare earth minerals all of which provide new market opportunities for the green transition. This coupled with the Continent’s renewable energy potential means that Africa has the capacity to achieve just transition to an equitable and inclusive low-carbon future.

It has correctly been observed that Africa has immense potential for renewable energy including wind, solar, hydro, bioenergy, ocean tidal waves, geothermal among other renewables. It has been pointed out that in order to ensure delivery of global climate change mitigation goals, developing countries will need to drive investment towards building a renewable energy infrastructure that can serve their populations into the future and not drive further climate breakdown.

A just transition promotes the shift towards renewable sources of energy and sustainable practices, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and mitigating the impacts of climate change. It is therefore important for developing countries to embrace just transition by promoting renewable sources of energy in order to achieve climate justice and energy justice. It is also essential to integrate just transition initiatives in national climate action plans and adaptation plans.

It has been observed that the importance of just transition is increasingly being recognized by governments worldwide as they cite just transition principles in their short- and long-term climate plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Strategies (LTSs). Embedding just transition strategies within short and long term climate plans like NDCs and LTS, can help governments stay focused on the urgent task at hand of rapid decarbonization, while also striving for fair and inclusive outcomes.

In Kenya, the National Climate Change Action Plan enshrines the principles of just transition and seeks to foster an equitable and inclusive climate response which ensures an electricity supply mix based mainly on renewable energy that is resilient to climate change and promotes energy efficiency; encourage the transition to clean cooking that reduces the demand for biomass; and reduced exposure and vulnerability of the country, and especially of the poor and vulnerable groups, to climate disasters and shocks. It is therefore necessary for countries to incorporate just transition initiatives in their NDCs and LTSs in order to achieve efficient climate outcomes. This will demonstrate commitment towards achieving climate justice while securing public support for ambitious and stronger climate action.

Further, there is need to unlock and align climate finance with the idea of just transition. It has been argued that governments have an obligation to mobilize sustainable, affordable, predictable and long-term finance from public and private, domestic and international sources, and aligning public and private financial flows and public procurement to the objectives of a just transition. According to the UNFCCC, increased climate finance is needed to effectively address the challenges and seize the opportunities of just transitions in country-specific and sector-specific pathways considering the local circumstances.

Climate finance has been identified as a key tool towards fostering climate justice since it recognizes the inequalities between countries with developing countries being the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and thus requiring financial resources to aid their mitigation and adaptation programmes86. It is therefore imperative for all countries and especially developing countries to unlock climate finance from multiple sources including public, private and multilateral sources in order to achieve just transition by addressing the socio-economic impacts of climate change and addressing climate inequalities more broadly through efficient mitigation and adaptation strategies.

In addition, it is necessary to embrace and enhance technology transfer between developed and developing countries in order to enhance the capacity of the former to later to embrace just transition. It has been pointed out that developing countries have vast renewable potential, but are unable to realize it as long as they are constrained by lack of access to green technologies. Without access to environmentally sound technologies, developing countries in particular least developed countries, will not be able to meet mitigation targets and will be forced to continue using carbon-intensive technologies resulting in climate and sustainability concerns.

Transferring low-carbon and green technologies to those most at risk of climate crisis is critical, among a range of other measures, to ensure that people can respond and adapt to the threat of climate change. Technology transfer can support the climate agenda in developing countries for energy and other sectoral transitions.

The Paris Agreement acknowledges the importance of technology for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions and urges countries to promote and facilitate enhanced action on technology development and transfer in order to support the implementation of the Agreement. It is thus pertinent for developed countries to promote transfer of low-carbon technologies including green technologies in developing countries in order to support climate action in such countries.

Developing countries should on the other hand remove barriers to green technology transfer including Intellectual Property barriers and revise bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that present a barrier to transfer initiatives. Finally, there is need to foster capacity building in order to effectively realize just transition. One of the key challenges in achieving climate justice through just transition has been identified to be inadequate national capacity on just transition initiatives.

Capacity building can strengthen individual and institutional capacities on just transition in key areas such as policymaking, cross-sectoral coordination, and stakeholder participation. It can further enhance the ability of the public to be involved in key decisions in the journey towards just transition. It has been pointed out that participation and engagement are crucial for achieving just sustainability transitions.

Capacity building is therefore integral in achieving just transition. It is thus necessary for all countries and especially developing states to strengthen their legal, institutional, technical, human, social and financial capacity in order to embrace just transition. The above among other measures are necessary in order to achieve equitable and inclusive just transition towards climate justice.

*This is an extract from the Book: Promoting Rule of Law for Sustainable Development (Glenwood, Nairobi, January 2024) by Hon. Prof.  Kariuki Muigua, OGW, PhD, Professor of Environmental Law and Dispute Resolution, Senior Advocate of Kenya, Chartered Arbitrator, Kenya’s ADR Practitioner of the Year 2021 (Nairobi Legal Awards), ADR Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 (CIArb Kenya), African Arbitrator of the Year 2022, Africa ADR Practitioner of the Year 2022, Member of National Environment Tribunal (NET) Emeritus (2017 to 2023) and Member of Permanent Court of Arbitration nominated by Republic of Kenya. Prof. Kariuki Muigua is a foremost Environmental Law and Natural Resources Lawyer and Scholar, Sustainable Development Advocate and Conflict Management Expert in Kenya. Prof. Kariuki Muigua teaches Environmental Law and Dispute resolution at the University of Nairobi School of Law, The Center for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) and Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies. He has published numerous books and articles on Environmental Law, Environmental Justice Conflict Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Sustainable Development. Prof. Muigua is also a Chartered Arbitrator, an Accredited Mediator, the Managing Partner of Kariuki Muigua & Co. Advocates and Africa Trustee Emeritus of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2019-2022. Prof. Muigua is a 2023 recipient of President of the Republic of Kenya Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) Award for his service to the Nation as a Distinguished Expert, Academic and Scholar in Dispute Resolution and recognized among the top 5 leading lawyers and dispute resolution experts in Band 1 in Kenya by the Chambers Global Guide 2024 and was listed in the Inaugural THE LAWYER AFRICA Litigation Hall of Fame 2023 as one of the Top 50 Most Distinguished Litigation Lawyers in Kenya and the Top Arbitrator in Kenya in 2023.

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Dr. Paul Ogendi AI Agenda for LSK Upcountry Representative

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Top Law Scholar and Practitioner Dr. Paul Ogendi, in race for LSK Upcountry Representative 2024-2026

Dear Esteemed Members of the Law Society of Kenya,

As your candidate for Up-Country Representative for the term 2024-2026, I am committed to advancing our legal profession and embracing the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI). Here are actionable steps to implement my agenda concerning AI in the legal sector:

1. Education and Awareness:

  • Organize workshops, webinars, and seminars to educate legal practitioners about AI technologies, their applications, and ethical considerations.
  • Collaborate with universities and legal institutions to integrate AI courses into legal education curricula.

2. Research and Development:

  • Establish a task force or committee focused on AI research within the Law Society.
  • Encourage legal professionals to explore AI tools for legal research, document review, and case prediction.
  • Foster partnerships with tech companies and research institutions to develop AI solutions tailored to legal needs.

3. Ethical Guidelines:

  • Develop clear guidelines for the responsible use of AI in legal practice.
  • Address concerns related to bias, transparency, and accountability in AI algorithms.
  • Promote adherence to professional ethics while leveraging AI tools.

4. Automating Routine Tasks:

  • Identify repetitive tasks (such as contract review, due diligence, and legal research) that can be automated using AI.
  • Invest in AI-powered tools to streamline administrative processes, allowing lawyers to focus on complex legal issues.

5. Legal Analytics and Predictive Modeling:

  • Encourage law firms and practitioners to adopt AI-driven analytics platforms.
  • Leverage predictive models to assess case outcomes, identify trends, and make informed decisions.

6. Client Services and Communication:

  • Implement AI chatbots for client inquiries, appointment scheduling, and basic legal advice.
  • Enhance communication channels through AI-driven tools to improve client satisfaction.

7. Data Security and Privacy:

  • Address data protection concerns by ensuring compliance with privacy laws.
  • Collaborate with cybersecurity experts to safeguard sensitive legal information processed by AI systems.

8. Collaboration and Networking:

  • Engage with other legal associations, tech communities, and government bodies to share best practices.
  • Attend AI conferences and forums to stay updated on advancements and network with industry experts.

Remember, our goal is not to replace lawyers but to empower them with AI tools that enhance efficiency, accuracy, and access to justice. Let us embrace this technological evolution while upholding the highest standards of legal practice.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Paul Ogendi,
Up-Country Representative 2024-2026
Law Society of Kenya.

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