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Willy Mutunga

Hon. Justice Dr. Willy Munywoki Mutunga

Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya


Currently resides in: Nairobi, Kenya

Born 16-06-1947 in Kitui Kenya

Dr. Willy Munywoki Mutunga is a Kenyan lawyer, intellectual, reform activist. He is also the Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

On 13 May 2011, the Judicial Service Commission of Kenya recommended to President Mwai Kibaki that he appoint Mutunga to be chief justice of Kenya. After consulting with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Kibaki appointed Mutunga, and the National Assembly of Kenya approved the appointment on 16 June 2011. He was sworn into office on 20 June 2011. Because of Kenya's mandatory retirement age of 70, Mutunga must leave office no later than 16 June 2017 (Wikipedia)


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Chief Justice | Judiciary | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 2011 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

President of the Supreme Court of Kenya


Previous Position(s)

Executive Director | Ford Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya | 2009

Social Development and Community Services

Overseeing grant making in Eastern Africa, with a focus on human rights, social justice and protection of women's rights


Human Rights Programme Officer | Ford Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya | 2005 - 2009

Social Development and Community Services


Chairman | Law Society of Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya | 1993 - 1995

Law Practice and Legal Services

Mutunga helped launch the LSK into activist politics, making it appear as a more formidable opposition than the splintering opposition parties.



Vice Chairman | Law Society of Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya | 1991 - 1993

Law Practice and Legal Services


Lecturer | Law | University of Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya | 1970 - 1980

Academia, Education and Training

First indigenous Kenyan to teach constitutional law at the university level.



Board Member | Buffalo Human Rights Center | State University of New York

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history

Secondary

Kitui School, Kitui, Kenya
Strathmore College, Nairobi, Kenya

Tertiary

University of Dar-es-Salaam

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Master of Laws

University of Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya | Completed 1970

LLB

York University

Toronto, Canada

Doctorate of Laws

Received his Doctorate of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto

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