Although the purpose of the project was to identify means of strengthening the disciplinary processes of the Kenya bar, its application is broader. There are generic and universal principles of good practice which are applicable in all countries and in more professions than just the legal profession. One difficulty faced by the consultants was to identify processes that reflected good practice and also were workable in the environment in which they were placed. This involved consideration of social, political and economic aspects of the environment.
One of the major challenges facing the world today is the relative fragility of democracy, transparency, and the rule of law in many countries. This report, though intended for the benefit of Kenya, is a rich resource for other countries that might wish to review the disciplinary mechanisms for their legal professions, or other learned professions.
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About the Author
LLB LLM(Hons) MTheol(Hons) PhD Auckland LTh Wales (Lampeter) MA Lambeth GradDipTertTchg Auckland (Technology). Professor of Constitutional Law, School of Law, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand, and of the Supreme Courts of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. Currently Convener, Public Issues Committee, Auckland District Law Society, and Member of the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee. From 2010 he has been a Professor of Law at Aberystwyth University, in the United Kingdom. From 2010 to 2013 he was Head of the Department of Law and Criminology. He was called to the bar at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and is a Priest in the Church in Wales.
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LLB Nairobi LLM London (King's College) Postgraduate Diploma in Law Kenya School of Law Diplôme de langue Alliance Francais de Paris. Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Legal Clinics and Externships, School of Law, Moi University, Eldoret. Odhiambo & Odhiambo, Advocates, Nakuru. President, East Africa Law Society, and past Chairman, The Law Society of Kenya.