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Professor James Gathii recently published the opinion piece "Kenya needs Mutunga as Chief Justice" in Business Daily, Kenya's leading daily business newspaper.
The full text is available online.
Professor Gathii is the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Chair of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. His research and expertise are in the areas of public international law, international economics, international intellectual property and trade law, as well as on issues of good governance and legal reform as they relate to the third world and sub-Saharan Africa.
An oft-quoted expert on international law as it relates to modern piracy, Professor James Gathii was one of eight academics appointed earlier this month to the 24-member Public International Law & Policy Group's (PILPG) high-level Piracy Working Group, which is devoted to addressing the challenges posed by modern maritime piracy. A representative from the Kenya Piracy Court will also serve on the working group. Professor Gathii's most recent book, War, Commerce, and International Law (Oxford University Press), examines the laws regulating historical and contemporary conflicts such as Blackwater in Iraq and "blood diamonds" in Africa's Congo and argues that the rules are applied differently and unfairly across the globe. He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters, including the recent "Jurisdiction to Prosecute Non-National Pirates Captured by Third States Under Kenyan and International Law." His forthcoming book, African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes (Cambridge University Press), will be published this summer.