The University of Nairobi, School of Law has officially re-launched the East African Law Journal. The Journal gives an opportunity for all those in the legal profession to publish their research findings.
Dr. Willy Mutunga, The chief Justice of Kenya, while presiding over the launch said that The Judiciary recognizes the role of research as an anchor for the development of a progressive Kenyan jurisprudence as required by the Constitution. He said that the legal academy has been an important partner in the Judiciary considering the availability of the East African Law Journal in the past.
He noted that research and writing are a necessary foundation for any scholarly and rule making and interpretation endeavour.
The Dean, School of Law, Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote, noted that in this age where knowledge drives policies, economies and global systems, the need for a vibrant researching academy cannot be gainsaid.
"Our Universities need to be the spaces where knowledge is generated, discussed and new narratives and theories framed," she said. “Teaching is the core of universities but research is the bedrock of knowledge and supports the teaching function.”
Law students have also come up with Students Law Journal where students publish their research findings. The journal offers a platform for debates on contemporary issues. It has been funded by the University of Nairobi and is available on Heinonline.
Present during the launch were; Supreme Court Judge, Prof. J. B. Ojwan'g, Speaker of the Senate Hon. Ekwe Ethuro, Prof. Makau Mutua, Judges from the Court of Appeal and the High Court, staff and students among other dignitaries from the legal profession.