Annie Patricia Kameri-Mbote has made sure her name will forever being etched in the echelons of history by becoming the first woman and only sixth person to ever receive a higher doctorate degree from Kenya’s leading university, The University of Nairobi.
This was confirmed on Wednesday 17th July when she presented her Doctor of Laws (LLD) thesis titled Contending Norms in a Plural Legal System: The Limits of Formal Law at UoN’s main campus.
The presentation was delivered before a gathering of Acting Vice Chancellor Isaac Mbeche, Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, former CJ Willy Mutunga, university students and staff and other top legal minds in the country.
The presentation was the first ever public presentation of a higher doctorate thesis in East and Central Africa.
Kameri-Mbote studied law at the University of Nairobi, University of Warwick, University of Zimbabwe and then went on to pursue her doctoral studies at Stanford University in the US.
“Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote was determined to further her studies. She studied at Stanford in 1995 and got a Masters and Doctorate degrees,” said the VC Mbeche.
Kameri-Mbote is the founding research director of International Environment Law Research Center, associate professor of law at University of Nairobi, as well as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
She is widely published in areas of environmental law, international law, property rights and women rights.
Kameri-Mbote’s research interests include environment and natural resources law and policy, public international law, intellectual property rights, human rights, women’s rights economic law and biotechnology policy law.
Prof Kameri-Mbote was awarded higher doctorate degree due to her original pub lished work which gives her an international stading in her firled of research.
A higher doctorate degree is a postgraduate research research whereby a candidate’s original published work and merit in a given field get to be recognised.