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Book Launch: 'friend of court' guidance for Kenya judiciary

The legal concept of “friend of the court”, or “amicus curiae”, refers to the participation in litigation of individuals or organizations who are not party to a case but have a strong interest in its subject matter.

A new book, “Friend of the Court & the 2010 Constitution: The Kenyan Experience and Comparative State Practice on Amicus Curiae", provides a reference tool for Kenyan courts in their determination of when to admit amicus curiae petitions and when to seek them out on their own initiative.

Although the 2010 Constitution of Kenya embraces amicus participation in litigation, it has left it to the courts to interpret the scope of that participation.

This event will bring together key stakeholders in Kenya – including judges, practitioners, academia and civil society – to discuss the role amicus curiae plays in the courts.


4.00pm - Friday, August 25, 2017

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya, Vihiga Road, off Othaya Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi


Participation by invitation only

The book was jointly developed by IDLO, the Kenya Judiciary Training Institute (JTI), the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), Equality Now, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition, Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), and the Katiba Institute.

Image: (left to right) Prof. Christopher Mbazira, Co-Editor; Dr. Steve Ouma, Deputy Director, Research and Policy, Kenya Judiciary Training Institute; Okero Otieno, Kenya Country Director, IDLO; Kimberly Brown, Kenya Program Manager, IDLO

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