ICJ Kenya is a national section of the International Commission of Jurists based in Nairobi, Kenya and founded in 1959 as an offshoot of JUSTICE (the British Section of the International Commission of Jurists) in pre-independence Kenya. ICJ Kenya is represented in the Commission in Geneva by its former chairperson, Mr. Kathurima M’Inoti. Over 300 jurists’ members comprise the organization which is dedicated to the legal protection of human rights in Kenya, and the African region in terms of the general mandate for national sections defined by Article 4 of the ICJ Statute. ICJ Kenya is governed under a Constitution through an elected council of 7 members that serves for two-year fixed terms.

Members through a permanent secretariat fulfil the human rights work of the organization where a professional team of full time lawyers is in charge of programmatic activities under the oversight functions of the elected council. Currently, ICJ Kenya is implementing activities within four core programmatic areas under its Strategic Plan. ICJ Kenya enjoys observer status before the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights and the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA), and in addition a participating civil society member of the New Partnership for Development in Africa (NEPAD). ICJ-Kenya is also a national representative CSO to the Economic Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (AU-ECOSOCC). ICJ Kenya is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Coalition for an Effective African Court (CEAC) and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC).

ICJ Kenya runs several programmes under its strategic plan including the Eastern African International Criminal Justice Initiative which seeks to popularize the International Criminal Court (ICC) and aspects of transitional justice in Eastern Africa through advocacy and engagement with the media, prosecutors, judicial officers and civil society among other stakeholders in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic and DRC on the domestication, ratification and enforcement of the Rome Statute.