Ekuru Aukot recently completed an important national duty following an appointment with Parliamentary approval by the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya where he was responsible as the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Selection Panel to select Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), a Constitutional Commission. Immediately before that appointment, he was a Senior Advisor on Policy and Planning to the Government and Republic of South Sudan in Juba. He was the Director of and member of the Committee of Experts, which was responsible for the writing of the new Constitution of Kenya that was promulgated on August 27, 2010. Following this historic role, Aukot consults on the extent to which institutions as well as their operational guidelines comply with the constitutional provisions; He was the Executive Director of Kituo Cha Sheria (Legal Advice centre), a national NGO with offices in Nairobi & Mombasa that litigates issues of access to justice by and for poor individuals, communities and groups who cannot afford legal representation or court fees; He is the legal advisor to the Turkana County Council.
He was a consultant and co-convener on the theme of Group Rights in the writing of the National Action Plan and Policy for Human Rights in Kenya, which Kenya undertook pursuant to the Vienna Declaration of 1993. He completed his PhD in International Refugee Law from the University of Warwick, UK; an LLM in Law in development; He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Aukot litigates on access to justice by the poor; Aukot has published in peer reviewed journals on refugee law, rights & protection, governance and human rights, constitutional law, on internally displaced persons (IDPs). He is currently writing his memoirs on the constitution-making process in Kenya. He taught Constitutional Law, Legal systems of Kenya and civil litigation at the Kenya School of Law. He is an astute enthusiast of positive political, social and economic change for the Kenyan nation. He hails from Turkana district, one of the former Northern Frontier Districts under British Colonial rule, a region he critically analyses and refers to in his published work, as ‘The Kenya of the North: A Legal-political Scar in the Creation of the Kenya post-colony’.
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