The Center for African Studies, the African Language Program, and the Harvard Law School will host Judge Joel M. Ngugi as part of the Center for African Studies Director's Lecture Series. He will be speaking on "The Role of the Judiciary in the Reconstruction and Transformation of Transitional Societies: Lessons from Kenya." There will be an opportunity for interactive discussion with Judge Ngugi after his presentation.
This event is free and open to the public.
Joel M. Ngugi is the Presiding Judge in the High Court of Kenya at Nakuru. Previously he was a professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Chair of the African Studies Program. His research interests include the role of law in economic development, the role of governments in market regulation and wealth allocation, and legal reforms in transition and developing economies. He taught Contracts Law and Contracts Theory, Public and Private International Law (including courses in Law and Development, International Business Transactions, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Rights, International Economic Law), and Business Organizations.
Professor Ngugi practiced law with the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, as a corporate and international litigation associate. He also practiced law with the Kenyan firm Kariuki Muigua & Company Advocates. Professor Ngugi has worked with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and conducted research work for the Global Coalition for Africa/World Bank, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University and at the Global Trade Watch Division of the Public Citizens, Inc. in Washington, DC.
LL.B. 1996, University of Nairobi
Diploma, 1997, Kenya School of Law
LL.M. 1999, S.J.D., 2002, Harvard University