Enhancing lawyers’ capacity to deal with extractive sector issues

In 2014, ILEG partnered with the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to introduce capacity building on the extractive industry as part of LSK’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programme. CLE involves regular and continuous education and capacity building for lawyers so as to equip them with modern and relevant knowledge and skills on various aspects of the law. ILEG’s Benson Ochieng and Collins Odote made presentations at over five sessions organized for that purpose during the year in various parts of the country. Furthermore, ILEG partnered with LSK to organize sessions on extractives during the society’s 2014 annual conference. As a result of these engagements LSK established a standing Committee on Minerals, Oil and Gas to follow up the issues around the extractive industry. 

In addition, ILEG in partnership with Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) and the Law society of Kenya (LSK) organized training workshops in Kenya and Uganda for young lawyers interested in Public Interest Law and Litigation and social justice in Kenya and East Africa. Over 60 young lawyers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania participated at the trainings, which mainly focused on extractive sector-related issues. Trainings were delivered by seasoned public interest lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania and United States, and covered a wide array of topics including mineral rights contracting; and championing legal reforms for public interest. The Kenya seminar was held on 23rd June 2014 at the Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. Below you will find the workshop program where you may download presentations of the various presenters, as well as the final report of the workshop. 

Session I: Official Opening & Introductions Chairperson: Benson Owuor Ochieng – Director, ILEG 

Opening remarks

  • Jennifer Gleason – Staff Attorney, ELAW
  • Eric Mutua – Chairman, Law Society of Kenya
  • Maurice Odhiambo Makoloo, Regional RepresentativeEastern Africa Office – Ford Foundation 

Session II: Nature and Scope of Public Interest Environmental Litigation Chairperson: Dr. Collins Odote – Director, ILEG; Senior Lecturer, CASELAP 

Innovative Public Interest Environmental Lawyering for Sustainable Development

  • Waikwa Wanyoike (Discussant) – Executive Director, Katiba Institute; Co-Chair, Public Interest Committee, LSK

Session III: Making Economics Relevant Chairperson: Dr. Collins Odote – Director, ILEG

 Valuation of Natural Resources: What Lawyers Need to Know

  • Ernie Niemi – University of Oregon Download presentation

Session IV: Public Interest Environmental Litigation Beyond National Borders Chairperson: Dr. Rugemeleza Nshala – Director, LEAT

 Public Interest Litigation in Regional and International Fora.

  • Dr. Abraham Korir – Advocate; Legal Advisor, Executive Office of the Deputy President Download presentation
  • Japheth Yegon (Discussant), Legal Resources Foundation, SA

 Solving Contemporary Public Interest Environmental Litigation Challenges

  • Open Question and Answer Session

Session V: PIEL, Land and the Extractive Sector in Kenya Chairperson: Anthony Mulekyo, LSK, Kenya

 Understanding Natural Resource Concessions: The Role of Public Interest Litigation

 Session VI: PIEL and Legal Reforms Chairperson: Anthony Mulekyo – Advocate; Member, PCC

 Championing Legal Reforms for the Public Interest

  • Mr. Apollo Mboya

The final workshop report is available here