Notre Dame Law School has added another student and faculty exchange program – the first in Africa – with a recent agreement with Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.
Established in 2012, Strathmore Law School is part of the larger Strathmore University system. The school offers LL.B. and LL.M. degree, soon to be LL.D. students pursuing a degree and is home to a faculty of local and foreign legal scholars, attorneys and experts.
Notre Dame Law School has continued to expand its international relationships through its Global Lawyering Initiative. The new agreement with Strathmore complements ND Law’s other exchange programs in Chile, China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy and Switzerland, as well as the long-standing Notre Dame London Law Program.
Like Notre Dame Law School’s other student exchange programs, the Strathmore program is designed to enhance students’ mutual understanding of different cultures, legal traditions, and scholarly approaches to law.
“This is a historic development for Notre Dame Law School – our first exchange program in Africa,” said G. Marcus Cole, Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law. “It is high time that Notre Dame Law School had an exchange partner in Africa. I am delighted that Strathmore Law School is the partner.”
Peter Kwenjera, dean of Strathmore Law School, said he was equally delighted to have a partner at Notre Dame.
“We are no strangers as our alumni and former employees are in their LL.M. passed through the hands of Notre Dame. and Ph.D. studies,” said Kwenjera. “We believe this partnership will go a long way in creating interaction opportunities for our students and staff, and as we need to innovate in the area of legal education, such collaborations will go a long way in that regard.”
The agreement provides for the exchange of two students per faculty per semester. Notre Dame students will study at the Strathmore Law School campus in Nairobi. Strathmore students have a choice of studying at the main campus in South Bend or at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway.
An exchange of faculty members between the two law faculties is also part of the agreement. The faculty of each school visits the other for short courses of one to three weeks and for semester or year-long teaching engagements. The agreement also encourages each school’s faculty to collaborate on research projects.
Finally, the agreement between Notre Dame and Strathmore provides for an annual online conference on human rights. An essay prize will also be set up during the conference.
“Our JD and Human Rights LL.M. Students will have unique opportunities to learn from and with Strathmore law students through the student exchange and student conference components of this agreement,” said Paul B. Miller, Associate Dean, International and Graduate Programs.
Dean Cole said Notre Dame Law School graduate Hon. Ann Claire Williams ’75 JD, a retired judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was instrumental in forging the relationship with Strathmore. After retiring from the Seventh Circuit in 2018, Williams joined Jones Day to lead the law firm’s pro bono efforts to advance the rule of law in Africa.
“Richter Williams’ connections across Africa have opened up opportunities for us and our students,” said Cole.
Several Strathmore Law School alumni have earned their LL.M. degrees from Notre Dame Law School. Program in International Human Rights Law. Recent graduates include Raphael Ng’etich ’19 LL.M., Jemima Nimma Kolo ’21 LL.M. and Eva Maina ’22 LL.M.
Learn more about Notre Dame Law School’s exchange programs.
Credit: Victor Anyura, Strathmore University