Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi has received the prestigious Global Jurist of the Year Award.
The award was presented last evening by the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, U.S.A, through a webinar.
Justice Ngugi serves in the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court.
The Global Jurist of the Year Award honours a sitting judge, whether in an international or national court, who has demonstrated in his or her career courage in the face of adversity to uphold and defend fundamental human rights or the principles of international criminal justice.
Jurists from all countries and tribunals are eligible for the award.
“It is important that we bring to our University community distinguished practitioners and scholars who not only speak and write, but those who courageously work to implement human rights on the front lines,” Center for International Human Rights interim director Thomas F. Geraghty says.
Justice Ngugi previously served as the Presiding Judge at Kericho High Court, and in the Constitutional and Human Rights Division in Nairobi. She has a wealth of experience in human rights jurisprudence in Kenya.
“Congratulations Justice Mumbi. I’ve followed your illustrious career with both pride and awe. You’re the examplication of brilliance, commitment and humility. You give so many of us inspiration and hope,” said human rights activist Al-Amin Kimathi.
Advocate For Human Rights
Justice Ngugi is also a long-time advocate of human rights in Kenya. Besides her work with women and children, she has also championed for the rights of albinos.
Past recipients of the Global Jurist of the Year Award include Argentine Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, president of the International Criminal Court, Gloria Patricia Porras Escobar, president of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court, Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada and Justice Shireen Avis Fisher, president of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.