Dr. Elizabeth Muli, the brilliant lady who gave candidates hard times in IEBC interviews

Monday, July 26th, 2021 15:06 | By
IEBC selection panel chairperson Dr Elizabeth Muli during yesterday’s interviewing session. Photo/PD/Samwel Kariuki

As the panel constituted by President Uhuru Kenyatta to pick Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) retreats to make a final decision on successful candidates, its chairperson, Dr Elizabeth Muli has melted Kenyans on how she led the rigorous 12-day exercise.

Muli, a holder of Doctor of Science of the Law (JSD) from Stanford University Law School in the USA graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws.

In her doctorate dissertation, Muli focused on the potential of alternative justice processes to promote human rights within national legal systems.

Muli who earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom in 2004 began her career as a lecturer at Moi University in 1999 as Acting Head of Clinicals and Externships Department.

An advocate of the High Court, Muli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi School of Law where she leads the department of Commercial Law after lecturing at the university for 13 years.

The respected lawyer whose interviewing skills put the 36 candidates shortlisted for the IEBC job both at ease and on the spot, left her lecturing job at Moi University in 2002 for further studies at Stanford University where she worked as a teaching assistant under the Stanford Program on International Legal Studies.

As a teaching assistant, she supervised and advised Masters Students working on a variety of issues including rape in South Africa, ethnic conflict in Singapore, access to justice in West Africa and women's participation in the judiciary in Argentina.

After two years as a teaching assistant, Muli progressed to the position of Research Assistant at Stanford Law School in 2003 under Professor Jennifer Martinez.

She honed her skills and solidified her specialisation as a human rights lawyer by designing course material on the use of international human rights norms in promoting human rights in Africa in 2004.

It's in 2004 that Muli flew back to Kenya and took up her position as a lecturer at Moi University for 4 more years until 2008 when she joined the University of Nairobi.

She played a key role in the establishment of the Moi University Legal Aid Clinic. She designed the clinical curriculum for students working in the clinics and collaborated with advocates in Eldoret in various aspects of the practice of law.

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