Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori

Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori was born in Kenya in 1965. She is a mother of one. She holds a Masters of Law Degree from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in International Human Rights Law. She is a law graduate from the University of Nairobi, Kenya as well as a Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori is the Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). She has broad work experience at the national, regional and international levels. At the helm of the Commission she provides leadership for the Constitutionally Mandated National Commission’s Strategic Plan. The Mandate of the National Commission on Human Rights is to protect and promote human rights in the Country.

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Law Graduate from the University of Nairobi (LL.B)


Post graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law

1994 - 1998

Ag Executive Director/Senior Programme Officer in the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya)

1998 - 2003

Executive Director of the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya)

2004 – 2006

Country Program Manager, UNIFEM, Liberia

2007 – 2013

Rule of Law Advisor, Human Rights Protection Section, UNMIL

2011 – 2013

Head of Advisory Unit, Legal Systems and Justice Systems Support Division, UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

2013 - 2014

Chief Technical Advisor for the Judiciary of South Sudan at United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Since 2014

Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)



Human Rights of Women in Conflict Situations, Florence Butegwa, Stella Mukasa and Kagwiria Mbogori, WiLDAF, 1995


The Rights of “Mistresses” and “illegitimate children” in Kenya; a survey of maintenance and inheritance law. Unpublished, Honour paper written in partial fulfillment of LL.M Degree 1997


Women and the Law in Kenya – Unpublished, Paper presented in a series of Seminars for Women Managers in the public sector, 2001


Public Perception Index of the Judiciary, a quarterly publication of the ICJ – Kenya from 2000 – 2003, Editor


Existing Legal and Policy Constraints on Media Freedom, Legal Resources Foundation, Research Report, 2003

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