Lydia Mwalimu
Head, Legal Research & Policy Team

Lydia Mwalimu Adude

LL.B. (Hons), Kenyatta University, LL.M. (2016), Harvard University

Lydia Mwalimu Adude is in charge of the Legal Research and Policy Team at Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates. Lydia holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Kenyatta University School of Law (Nairobi, Kenya) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America).

Her main areas of interest and focus are: Public International Law; International Criminal Law; Human Rights Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Governance and the Law; Law of Contract; Information, Communication and Technology Law; and Gender and the Law. Lydia is an ardent legal and policy researcher who employs immense diligence in our firm’s research and policy projects.

She has relevant international legal experience, especially as concerns legal research, analysis and writing, having worked as a Legal Trainee at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (Berlin, Germany) and as a Legal Intern at both the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Leidschendam, The Netherlands) and the International Criminal Court (The Hague, The Netherlands). She has also worked as a Part-time Lecturer in Law teaching Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree students Private International Law (Conflict of Laws), Law, Science and Technology, and Law and Gender Relationships at Kenyatta University School of Law (KUSOL), and International Human Rights Law and Criminal Law, at Riara University Law School (RLS).

Lydia’s recent publications are: Prof. Tom Ojienda, SC and Lydia Mwalimu Adude, ‘Access to Justice: A Critique of the Small Claims Court in Kenya’ (2021) Alternative Dispute Resolution Journal (CIArb-Kenya), Vol 9, Issue 2, ISBN: 978-9966-046-14-7, pp 170-201; Prof. Tom Ojienda, SC and Lydia Mwalimu Adude, ‘Access to Justice in the Era of COVID-19: Adaptations and Coping Mechanisms of the Legal Services Industry in Kenya’ (2021) Journal of Conflict Management & Sustainable Development, Vol 6, Issue 2, ISBN: 978-9966-046-15-4, pp 1-46; Prof. Tom Ojienda, SC and Lydia Mwalimu Adude, ‘Criminal Liability of Corporate Entities and Public Officers: A Kenyan Perspective’ (2021) Journal of Conflict Management and Sustainable Development, Vol 6, Issue 2, ISBN: 978-9966-046-15-4, pp 117-212; and a book chapter on ‘Sovereign and Diplomatic Immunity vis-a-vis International Criminal Justice’ published in Joseph O. Wasonga and James Nyawo (eds.) (2019), International Criminal Justice in Africa Since the Rome Statute (Nairobi: LawAfrica Publishing Ltd).

She is a member of the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA) because of her added interest in International Investment Law and International Commercial Arbitration issues and practice. She is also a member of the Harvard Club of Kenya, where she has previously served as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Moreover, Lydia founded the Kenya Ivy League Women Network that started off as a Lean In Circle.

Practice Areas
  • Public International Law,
  • International Criminal Law,
  • Human Rights Law,
  • Comparative Constitutional Law,
  • Governance and the Law,
  • Law of Contract,
  • Information, Communication and Technology Law,
  • Gender and the Law.

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