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Justice  Ben  Kioko

Justice Kioko, a national of Kenya, serves on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  His expertise in African matters extends to work with the African Union, and Regional Economic Communities including EAC, ECCAS, IGAD, SADC, COMESA, ECOWAS, and CENSAD. He served as Chief Legal Adviser to the African Union Commission from 2001 to July 2012 and was responsible for oversight of drafting a variety of treaties and agreements, contracts reports for the Executive Council and the AU Assembly.


While in the Legal Service, Ben Kioko initiated annual meetings between the Legal Advisers of the AU and the RECs and also established collaborative arrangements with the Legal Advisers of AU interlocutors particularly those of the United Nations (UN) System, the European Union (EU), Asian African Legal Consultative Organization and other international organizations.  His work extended to work on a variety of human rights instruments aimed at combating corruption, improving human rights for women, and expanding principles of democracy, governance and fair election systems. Justice Kioko serves as Member, Advisory Group on Implementation of the Human Rights Standards Project, Human Rights Implementation Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Bristol, United Kingdom; Member, Editorial Board, Commonwealth Law Journal, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, United Kingdom and Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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