Who we are
The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) is a non-governmental, non-profit and a member based organization. ICJ Kenya is the only African national section. It is affiliated with International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Geneva, but operates autonomously. ICJ Kenya is registered as a Society under the Societies Act, Chapter 108, Laws of Kenya.
Founded in 1959, ICJ Kenya is the oldest human rights organization in Kenya. Its membership is drawn from the Bar as well as the Bench and currently constitutes of over 500 jurists as members. ICJ Kenya is dedicated to the legal protection of human rights in Kenya, and the African region in terms of the general mandate for national sections defined by Article 4 of the ICJ Statute. ICJ Kenya has observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ rights. ICJ Kenya is governed under a constitution through an elected Council of 7 members that serves for two-year fixed terms. ICJ Kenya has its head office in Nairobi, which houses its secretariat that currently comprises of 24 members of staff.
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