The University of Nairobi Law School re-launched the East African Law Journal at Parklands Campus on Friday, February, 4, 2016.
Speaking during the launch, Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga, noted that the Judiciary understands the importance of research and has traditionally been the largest consumer of contents of East African Law Journal as evidenced by the availability of past issues in its libraries. The Judiciary recognizes the role of research as an anchor for the development of a progressive Kenyan jurisprudence as required by the Constitution. "The legal academy, through its scholarly journals, is an important partner in this undertaking," he said.
The Chief Justice noted that research and writing are a necessary foundation for any scholarly and rule making and interpretation endeavour.
Prof. Patricia Kamori-Mbote, Dean School of Law noted that in this age where knowledge drives policies, economies and global systems, the need for a vibrant researching academy cannot be gainsaid. "Our Universities need to be the spaces where knowledge is generated, discoursed and new narratives and theories framed", she said. She added that, teaching is the core of Universities but research is the bedrock of knowledge and supports the teaching function.
Originally started in 1967, the East African Journal gave an opportunity for staff, students and legal professionals an opportunity to publish their research findings.
Law students have also come up with Students Law Journal where students publish their research findings. Among notable figures that have published in the journal include Prof. Patricia Kamori-Mbote, Dean School of Law, Prof. Ben Sihanya, Prof. Kithure Kindiki among others. The student law journal offers a platform for debates on contemporary issues.
The Journal has been funded by the University of Nairobi and is available on Heinonline.
Present during the launch were; Supreme Court Judge, Prof. J. B. Ojwan'g, Speaker of the Senate Hon. Ekwe Ethuro, Prof. Makau Mutua, Judges from the Court of Appeal and the High Court, staff and students among other dignitaries from the legal profession.