Mumbi Ngugi is a justice of the High Court of Kenya who is internationally acclaimed for her role in building Kenya’s jurisprudence on social and economic rights. Since the adoption of the Constitution of 2010, Justice Ngugi has made landmark judgments to uphold its transformative promise, including rulings on the right to health.
Justice Ngugi has dedicated her professional career to advancing the human rights of discriminated and disadvantaged groups in Kenya. Prior to joining the bench, she had long been involved in advocacy work for the rights of women and children, as well as the housing rights of the urban poor. She is also co-founder of the Albinism Foundation of East Africa and has also been a prominent advocate for the rights of persons with albinism in Kenya.
Justice Ngugi was the recipient of the 2013 International Commission of Jurists-Kenya (ICJ-K) Jurist of the Year Award, the Brand Kenya Ambassador Award in 2013, the Law Society of Kenya Distinguished Service Award 2017, the C.B. Madan Award 2018 and the Transparency International Judicial Integrity Award 2019.
Join us for a one-on-one conversation with Justice Ngugi regarding the role of the judiciary in protecting health and social equality, as well as her advice to young women, aspiring lawyers, and advocates for social change.
Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Mumbi Ngugi: Justice, High Court of Kenya; Co-founder, Albinism Foundation of East Africa
Interviewer: Alicia Ely Yamin, Senior Fellow in Global Health and Rights, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; Senior Advisor on Human Rights, Partners in Health