It was pomp and color as the University of Nairobi faculty of law signed an MOU with The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to launch the first ever International Humanitarian Law Journal (IHL).
The occasion was graced by Justice (Rtd) Joyce Aluoch who gave her invaluable experience “I consider the Journal as a platform for promoting discourse and discussions on IHL problems from an African perspective I encourage the editorial team to involve young African Intellectuals in the conversations” Justice Aluoch said
Former Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai commended the launch of the journal. He also noted that he had mentored many legal scholars and was proud of the achievement. He welcomed the developments of the journal and he assured he would be available for any consultations.
In her opening remarks, the Dean Prof. Winfred Kamau noted the Journal will serve as a platform for contemporary legal discussions. ‘’It will promote Intellectual discourse and provide an avenue for homegrown solutions to legal problems. She further noted the journal places a special focus on a sphere of law that is under-researched by Kenyan students and by extension Africa’s youth. The IHL Journal will provide a platform for home grown perspectives which will be of immense benefit in the search for solutions for most of Africa’s conflicts. The Faculty of Law has a sizeable number of students from the larger Eastern African region, some from countries which have unfortunately been affected by unending armed conflict. I am hopeful that the IHL journal will grant a chance to scholars with such backgrounds to explore and broadcast their perspectives on various issues touching on the application and enforcement of IHL’’. Prof Winfred said
The journal also contribute towards safeguarding a future generation of public officials who value the observance of international humanitarian law and are able to innovate solutions to IHL problems on their continent
On his part Dr. Ken Mutuma noted the foundation to all this is a humanitarian goal. The IHL journal will give a platform to the African voices. Dr. Mutuma also emphasized on mentorship ‘’ We want to promote the idea of mentorship in the context of scholarship. We want to attract new voices, new thoughts, and new ideas.’’ He said
Dr. Ken Mutuma noted the foundation to all this is a humanitarian goal. The IHL journal will give a platform to the African voices Dr. Mutuma also emphasized on mentorship ‘’ We want to promote the idea of mentorship in the context of scholarship. We want to attract new voices, new thoughts, and new ideas.’’ He said
ICRC Head of Regional Delegation MR. Olivier Dubois appreciated the role the academic community plays in supporting the implementation of international humanitarian law. He noted investing in students’ lives today will shape our tomorrow.
The event was held at the Tamarind hotel on 9th November 2021 and was graced by the advisory board of the journal and Academia from different Universities in Kenya.