Makau W. Mutua, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Margaret W. Wong Professor

Makau W. Mutua, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Margaret W. Wong Professor SUNY Distinguished Professor; Margaret W. Wong Professor; Former Dean, University at Buffalo School of Law; Chair, Board of Directors @thekhrc; Member @CFR.
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Makau W. Mutua is the Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, where he is also a SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In April 2011, he was appointed to a three-year term by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the Fourth Department. In May 2010, he became a member of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, the first Greek-letter society founded by African-American men in the United States. He is also Chairman of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. Mutua was born in 1958 in Kenya, the second of seven children. He received secondary education at Kitui High School and Alliance High School. An excellent student throughout his life, he gained attention in other ways while attending the University of Nairobi with his vocal opposition to the national government. He was arrested in May 1981 for his dissent and was only released after fasting in a hunger strike for several days.[2] He eventually found his way to Tanzania where he applied for United Nations refugee status. He earned a Masters in Law at the University of Dar es Salaam, ultimately attending Harvard Law School in 1984. There he earned an LLM in 1985 and an SJD in 1987. After graduation from Harvard, he worked for White & Case, a New York City law firm, but later pursued his dreams of human rights advocacy with his work at Human Rights First, then known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. In 1991, he returned to Harvard where he became the Associate Director of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. In 1996, he joined the University at Buffalo Law School faculty. In December 2007, he was appointed Interim Dean at the University at Buffalo Law School and was named the permanent Dean in May 2008. Mutua is regarded as a leading figure in human rights, and has written several acclaimed works in the field. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. In March 2011, Mutua was elected Vice President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). From 2007-2010, he served on the Executive Council of ASIL, and was Co-Chair of its Annual Meeting in 2000. Mutua is a prominent thinker of the movement known as Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), a critical and reconstructionist approach to international law. He sits on the board of directors of Global Rights, and has consulted extensively for NGOs, United Nations agencies, and governments. He lectures frequently on human rights, international law, and African politics around the world. In 2003, while on sabbatical in Kenya, he was appointed by the Government of President Mwai Kibaki Chair of the Task Force on the Establishment of a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission which recommended a truth commission for Kenya. He was also a Delegate in 2003 to the Kenya National Constitutional Conference, which produced a contested draft constitution for Kenya. In 2006, he was legal counsel to John Githongo, the former Kenyan anti-corruption czar who exposed the Anglo Leasing scams in the Kibaki Government. He is a columnist for the Sunday Nation, the leading newspaper in East and Central Africa. Books: 1. Kenya's Quest For Democracy: Taming Leviathan (Challenge and Change in African Politics). L. Rienner Publishers. April 30, 2008 ISBN 1-58826-590-0; 2. Human Rights NGOs in East Africa: Political and Normative Tensions. University of Pennsylvania Press. September 12, 2008 ISBN 0-81224-112-9; 3. Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique. November 10, 2008 ISBN 0-81222-049-8

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Senator @MwauraIsaac1 is truly a “hustler.”
01/03/2021

Senator @MwauraIsaac1 is truly a “hustler.”

QB @justnfields of @OhioState is a legend in the making.  Demolishing @Trevorlawrencee and @ClemsonUniv.  Wow.
01/02/2021

QB @justnfields of @OhioState is a legend in the making. Demolishing @Trevorlawrencee and @ClemsonUniv. Wow.

POWER must NEVER be given to those who crave it so much they would kill to capture, or keep, it.
01/01/2021

POWER must NEVER be given to those who crave it so much they would kill to capture, or keep, it.

01/01/2021

Our 2020 family close out, 2021 welcome.

Sayonara ANNUS HORRIBILIS 2020!Welcome 2021🎆!
01/01/2021

Sayonara ANNUS HORRIBILIS 2020!Welcome 2021🎆!

INDELIBLE Memories as we close 2020. Dreadlocked in Dar 1982.  Alliance High School 1977.  In dashiki organizing demo @u...
12/31/2020

INDELIBLE Memories as we close 2020. Dreadlocked in Dar 1982. Alliance High School 1977. In dashiki organizing demo @uonbi in 1981 with David Murathe, Odindo Opiata, Dave Anyona, George Rubik, and Mathenge Karundi, among others. Interview for CJ Kenya in 2016. Never give Up!

Time flies — in 1972 at 14 in Kitui, Kenya.  And in 1975 at 17 at Fisher High School, Illinois, USA.  Unbelievable!  Lif...
12/31/2020

Time flies — in 1972 at 14 in Kitui, Kenya. And in 1975 at 17 at Fisher High School, Illinois, USA. Unbelievable! Life is truly an unpredictable journey.

Kenya’s democracy PIVOTS on Chap 4 (Bill of Rights) and Chap 6 (Leadership and Integrity). Tragic @kipmurkomen and @leda...
12/31/2020

Kenya’s democracy PIVOTS on Chap 4 (Bill of Rights) and Chap 6 (Leadership and Integrity). Tragic @kipmurkomen and @ledamalekina would EVISCERATE Chap 6 with a jurisprudentially ABSURD and MALIGN interpretation. How long shall we apologize for corruption to protect “our” THIEVES?

Is @RailaOdinga BEST on offense, or defense?
12/30/2020

Is @RailaOdinga BEST on offense, or defense?

WHY would Nairobi County voters give city keys to the FAKE and FALSE “prophet” @BishopWanjiru — another bona fide charla...
12/30/2020

WHY would Nairobi County voters give city keys to the FAKE and FALSE “prophet” @BishopWanjiru — another bona fide charlatan — after the catastrophic reign of IMPEACHED ex-Governor @MikeSonko? God FORBID! @ahmednasirlaw @DonaldBKipkorir @WMutunga @KoinangeJeff @mutuma_mathiu

The @EACCKenya CORRECTLY shuts the door to @GovernorBabayao and those of his ilk seeking public office anywhere in the R...
12/29/2020

The @EACCKenya CORRECTLY shuts the door to @GovernorBabayao and those of his ilk seeking public office anywhere in the Republic of Kenya. Chap Six of the 2010 Constitution is the law — not a mere suggestion. Case closed @ahmednasirlaw @DonaldBKipkorir @DrRoselynAkombe @WMutunga @KitaviM

I saw a grainy video clip of a disheveled fake “general” who’s a phony “doctor” running for Governor of Nairobi County. ...
12/29/2020

I saw a grainy video clip of a disheveled fake “general” who’s a phony “doctor” running for Governor of Nairobi County. Nairobi doesn’t need a megalomaniacal putative dictator who’d scare children off without his signature cap @DonaldBKipkorir @ahmednasirlaw @mutuma_mathiu

The law is CLEAR — a Governor IMPEACHED in one county can’t run for the same office, or any other public office, anywher...
12/29/2020

The law is CLEAR — a Governor IMPEACHED in one county can’t run for the same office, or any other public office, anywhere in the Republic of Kenya. Disgraced Kiambu ex-governor @GovernorBabayao should spare the people of Nairobi his antics @ahmednasirlaw @DonaldBKipkorir

Joseph de Maistre, the French philosopher, said that in a “democracy, people get the government they deserve.”  Let’s se...
12/29/2020

Joseph de Maistre, the French philosopher, said that in a “democracy, people get the government they deserve.” Let’s see if Nairobi voters prove this truism in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

It’s a TRAVESTY to imprison Saudi women’s rights CHAMPION @LoujainHathloul to SIX years on PHONY “terrorism” charges.  F...
12/28/2020

It’s a TRAVESTY to imprison Saudi women’s rights CHAMPION @LoujainHathloul to SIX years on PHONY “terrorism” charges. FREE Loujain al-Hathloul now!

12/25/2020

Who says Santa doesn’t exist? Buffalo, New York — Xmas! Outside my house.

Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays)!
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays)!

LAST — but not LEAST — today I CELEBRATE the BIG KAHUNA @jeffkoinange as the 2020 Newsman and Talk Show Host of the Year...
12/23/2020

LAST — but not LEAST — today I CELEBRATE the BIG KAHUNA @jeffkoinange as the 2020 Newsman and Talk Show Host of the Year. Winner of the prestigious Emmy. An incomparable talent who towers over the field. A Kenyan journalist with a BONA FIDE global stature @citizentvkenya

POLITICIANS should be BANNED from funerals.  Very SAD to watch them let loose their filthy mouths at the funeral of Sena...
12/22/2020

POLITICIANS should be BANNED from funerals. Very SAD to watch them let loose their filthy mouths at the funeral of Senator Kabaka. SHAME!

Today, I CELEBRATE @johngithongo and @theelephantinfo as the 2020 Champion of PROGRESSIVE media.  They’ve brought erudit...
12/22/2020

Today, I CELEBRATE @johngithongo and @theelephantinfo as the 2020 Champion of PROGRESSIVE media. They’ve brought erudite and revolutionary analyses to the stubbornly complex disequilibria facing Kenya and the globe. Thanks for filling the gaping lacuna of THINKING journalism.

I CELEBRATE @VickyRubadiri as the 2020 Social Justice Journalist of the Year. She stands with the powerless, the statele...
12/21/2020

I CELEBRATE @VickyRubadiri as the 2020 Social Justice Journalist of the Year. She stands with the powerless, the stateless, the despised, and the voiceless. Her conscience, professional acumen, and integrity inspire all of us @KoinangeJeff @thekhrc @ItsGeorgeKegoro @ledamalekina

There’s no doubt that @lindahoguttu is a 2020 Journalist of the Year.  She commands the screen with her deeply insightfu...
12/20/2020

There’s no doubt that @lindahoguttu is a 2020 Journalist of the Year. She commands the screen with her deeply insightful reporting and an authoritative cadence. A gifted, powerful, and objective voice for our young democracy @KTNNewsKE @markoloo @StandardKenya

TODAY I celebrate the incredible, brilliant, and take-no-prisoners @LinusKaikai as a 2020 Journalist of the Year.  He br...
12/19/2020

TODAY I celebrate the incredible, brilliant, and take-no-prisoners @LinusKaikai as a 2020 Journalist of the Year. He brings it each and every day, and leaves it all on the floor. He’s the quintessentially exemplary newsman. A great model for all @KoinangeJeff @VickyRubadiri

Did IMPEACHED Nairobi ex-Governor @MikeSonko record anyone?  Will he reveal any damning information?  Hell hath no fury ...
12/18/2020

Did IMPEACHED Nairobi ex-Governor @MikeSonko record anyone? Will he reveal any damning information? Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned! Get your popcorn.

President @realDonaldTrump keeps LYING — repeating — that he got 75 million votes.  No — he received 74,222,957 (46.8%) ...
12/18/2020

President @realDonaldTrump keeps LYING — repeating — that he got 75 million votes. No — he received 74,222,957 (46.8%) to 81,283,098 (51.3%) for @JoeBiden. He lost by 7,060,141.

He’s young but there’s no doubt @KitaviM is a 2020 Journalist of the Year. He’s demonstrated that in-depth, nuanced, and...
12/18/2020

He’s young but there’s no doubt @KitaviM is a 2020 Journalist of the Year. He’s demonstrated that in-depth, nuanced, and impeccable reporting at the county level — “shags” — is indispensable to deepening devolution and democracy @mutuma_mathiu @NationAfrica @WMutunga

Nairobi Governor @MikeSonko — the true HUSTLER — is gone.  IMPEACHED by @Senate_KE.
12/17/2020

Nairobi Governor @MikeSonko — the true HUSTLER — is gone. IMPEACHED by @Senate_KE.

We @VillaKitui are ready for you for the holidays.   Let’s close this difficult year with a measure of relief!
12/17/2020

We @VillaKitui are ready for you for the holidays. Let’s close this difficult year with a measure of relief!

In my view @YvonneOkwara is a 2020 Journalist of the Year.  She speaks truth to power without fear, or favor — and keeps...
12/17/2020

In my view @YvonneOkwara is a 2020 Journalist of the Year. She speaks truth to power without fear, or favor — and keeps democracy alive @KoinangeJeff @VickyRubadiri @citizentvkenya

In my books @NRugene is a 2020 Journalist of the Year for her deeply insightful and excellent writing on GBV, misogyny, ...
12/16/2020

In my books @NRugene is a 2020 Journalist of the Year for her deeply insightful and excellent writing on GBV, misogyny, and the rights of girls and women. She’s a cut above the rest @NationAfrica @mutuma_mathiu @fidakenya @thekhrc @DrRoselynAkombe

Senate Majority Leader @senatemajldr — the MOST IMPORTANT Republican — has thrown in the towel.  Eaten humble and finall...
12/15/2020

Senate Majority Leader @senatemajldr — the MOST IMPORTANT Republican — has thrown in the towel. Eaten humble and finally recognized @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris as President-Elect and Vice President-Elect, respectively.

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By launching Jubilee Asili, Ali Baba has declared Total War on his boss.... The boss is preparing a counter-offensive. This will be messy. It will be prolonged. There will be casualties.
Today, Uhuru's and Ruto's ties matched, sending the Jubilee destitutes into excited frenzy! Now, if that could blow them away, imagine if Uhuru were to call Ruto "my brother".... The destitutes would all experience one massive, collective, prolonged orgasm!
THE QUESTION IN THE MINDS OF MANY IS, "WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THE TWO TO MAKE THEM HATE EACH OTHER THIS MUCH?".... I believe the To me, I can think of only one thing: One of them was allowed a carteblanche, and misused it... How? THE ARMS DEAL. I believe that arms deal was the iceberg that sunk the Dynamic Duo's Titanic.... Uhuru found out details of that deal that left him seething with anger. What could possibly make him angry because, after all, he had allowed the deputy to represent him? I believe the commissions (kickbacks) his jamaa was demanding from the other side made Uhuru come face-to-face with the stark realisation that, unless he reigned in this fellow, he would, not only lose his credibility but his Presidency too. Unfortunately (for Uhuru), the crook had been smart enough to encapsulate himself from it all (plausible deniability?) by using proxies where commissions were involved. There was nothing unbecoming to pin on him, though Uhuru knew it was all him... It was time to bring the Conquerer under Check, before he caused more damage. It is Uhuru's steps to reinstall sanity in his office which annoyed the hustler, and he reacted angrily. That reaction made Uhuru finally see the monster he had helped create, and where it was taking him.... The Purge in the Party was an afterthought, a necessary extension of sanitisation efforts, aimed at reducing the man's spread (and reach); and it was massive! To summarize, I blame Uhuru. He fought hard to convince the country that he was the right man for the top seat, only to let loose a fox in his chicken coop (despite the public fact of that Fox's love for chicken!) I hope all's well, that'll end well...
Uhuru Kenyatta said, "Wangoje mimi nimalize yangu KUMI...eh he...halafu Ruto yake NGUMI"... What did Kalenjins hear? Uhuru is very honest. He's keeping The Promise! 🤣🤣😂😂😂
Uliam is not fully to blame for behaving as co-president. Ounye should take full responsibility for that change in Uliam's behavior. From 2013-2017, the unspoken President of Kenya was Uliam. Why? Because his boss had abandoned ALL responsibility to the man, preferring to waste all his time getting drunk and sleeping! Uliam saw the dangerous vacuum, and stepped up to the plate, to rescue the situation. Ounye should blame himself. He created the Monster he's trying to conquer now. If he had attended to his job, Uliam would not have imagined himself president.
THE 'CORNERED CAT'. POLITE NOTE TO PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA: Dear Mr. President, salute. Congratulations on your efforts, so far, in reasserting your command as Head of Party and State. Sir, you had left it all in your Deputy's hands, and he ended up despising you for it, to the point of wanting your seat before time... Good for you, so far. You're winning small battles in your Deputy's enclaves, and that's a good thing. FOCUS ON THOSE ONLY! However, rumours abound that you intend to go for his impeachment... DO NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE, Sir! That's what he wants you to do. Go for his impeachment, and you'll lose the war. To explain, let me take you back, a bit... Observe your esrtwhile Handshake partner, R.H Raila Odinga. He is an aggressive, abrasive, no-holds-barred opponent.. Going for him directly, by firing him, works easily. His response would be press conferences and street protests where his people violently hit out, giving you the excuse to use force.. After a while, life reverts to normalcy. With your deputy, it's not the same. Mr. President, have you heard the phrase 'Fight Like a Cornered Cat'? Sir, therein lies your Deputy's Strategy. It involves AGGRESSION BY AVOIDANCE. He's fighting you by avoiding you, hoping you'll keep going for HIM. When time is right, you'll be in too deep to retreat and restrategize.. That's when the one weapon he's counting upon will be unleashed. I repeat, DO NOT GO FOR HIM. Avoid him, the same way he's avoiding you. Use his strategy against him. It will annoy and frustrate him into making a mistake. Sir, what is the one thing your deputy can always count on for his strength? TRIBE and LIEUTENANTS! You need to peel off the layers of his allies and his tribal backing, till he has nothing to fall back upon. I assure you, when he sees his allies, and The Valley, is gone, he will accept whatever demands you will place on the Table, including his quiet withdrawal from Public life... Good luck, Sir. You'll need it.
In Shakespeare's 'Othello', almost everyone experiences betrayal at the hands of 'Honest Lago'. Do you know who 'Honest Lago' is in Kenya politics? It's the Kikuyu. The Kalenjin thought they're special. They thought it would be different with them.. Wapumbavu! We warned you!