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Dr Thoko Kaime

LLB (Hons)(Malawi), LLM (Pretoria), PhD (SOAS, London)


Thoko Kaime
School of Law

Senior Teaching Fellow

Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)

Member, Law, Environment & Development Centre

Dr Thoko Kaime
Email address:
020 7898 4651 / 07957 720 533
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Thoko Kaime is senior teaching fellow in the School of Law. He also serves as lecturer in laws at the School of Law, University of Surrey where he is Deputy Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group. Thoko has previously studied law at the Universities of Malawi, Pretoria and Western Cape and was awarded his PhD at SOAS in 2007. He has previously worked as a corporate consultant for business advisory firm Exclusive Analysis Limited where he was Head of Africa Division and has been associated as a researcher with leading research and strategic institutions in various countries including the Centre for Human Rights (Pretoria), Children’s Institute (Cape Town), and the International Environmental Law Research Centre (Geneva).
Thoko is a founding member of the Law Environment and Development Centre at the School of Oriental and African Studies;  a member of the Surrey International Law Centre and is visiting professor at Fordham University School of Law. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Malawi Law Journal and the Law Environment and Development Journal.


Courses Taught

Law and Natural Resources

International Environmental Law


Thoko Kaime maintains broad interests in the area of public international law and the social critique of law and legal policy.  He has written on human rights and environmental law, focusing on the intersection between law and legitimacy. He is the author of The Convention on the Rights of the Child: A cultural legitimacy critique,Europa Law Publishing. Groningen:  Europa Law Publishing (2011) and editor of a forthcoming volume Cultural Legitimacy and the International Law and Policy on Climate Change Cambridge Press (forthcoming: December 2012). Thoko’s current research projects include socio-legal and human rights critiques of various aspects of the law and policy of ecosystems services and in particular, market-based initiatives designed to promote environmental protection.


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Languages: Chinyanja; Chiyao

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Authored Books

Kaime, Thoko (2011) The Convention on the Rights of the Child: A cultural legitimacy critique. Groningen: Europa Law Publishing.

Kaime, Thoko (2009) The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child: A socio-legal perspective. Pretoria, South Africa: Pretoria University Law Press.

Edited Books

Kaime, Thoko, ed. (2013) Cultural Legitimacy and the International Law and Policy on Climate Change. Routledge. (Routledge Research in International Environmental Law) (Forthcoming)

Book Chapters

Kaime, Thoko (2009) 'Socio-legal approaches to children’s rights under the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child: A discussion of methodology.' In: Atkin, Bill, (ed.), The International Survey of Family Law 2009 Edition. Bristol: Family Law, pp. 255-274.

Kaime, Thoko (2008) 'The protection of refugee children under the African human rights system: finding durable solutions in international law.' In: Sloth-Nielsen, Julia, (ed.), Children’s rights in Africa: A legal perspective. London: Ashgate, pp. 183-197.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'Children’s right to health.' In: Coetzee, E. and Streak, J., (eds.), Monitoring child socio-economic rights in South Africa: Achievements and challenges. Cape Town: Idasa, pp. 127-169.


Kaime, Thoko (2011) 'Cultural legitimacy and regulatory transitions for climate change: A discursive framework.' Carbon & Climate Law Review, 3 . pp. 321-329.

Kaime, Thoko (2010) '’Vernacularising’ the Convention on the Right of the Child: Rights and culture as analytic tools.' International Journal of Children’s Rights, 18 (4). pp. 637-653.

Kaime, Thoko (2009) 'The foundations of rights in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child: A historical and philosophical account.' African Journal of Legal Studies, 3 . pp. 119-136.

Kaime, Thoko (2009) 'The African Children’s Charter: Does it represent a relevant vision of childhood and children’s rights?' Children's Legal Rights Journal, 29 . pp. 11-29.

Kaime, Thoko (2009) 'The struggle for context in the protection of children’s rights: Understanding the core concepts of the African Children’s Charter.' Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 58 . pp. 33-68.

Chirwa, Danwood and Kaime, Thoko (2008) 'Where are the missing pieces? Constructing a mosaic of the CRC and the African Children’s Charter in Malawi’s law and policy.' Malawi Law Journal, 2 . pp. 85-114.

Kaime, Thoko (2005) 'The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the cultural legitimacy of children’s rights in Africa: Some reflections.' African Human Rights Law Journal, 5 (2). pp. 221-238.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'From lofty jargon to durable solutions: Unaccompanied refugee children and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.' International Journal of Refugee Law, 16 (3). pp. 336-348.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'Beyond social programs: The right to health under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.' East African Journal of Peace & Human Rights, 10 (2). pp. 192-205.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'Whose rights are they anyway?: A critical analysis of the international supervision mechanisms for economic, social and cultural rights.' Zambia Law Journal, 36 . p. 119.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'SADC and human rights: Fitting human rights into the trade matrix.' African Security Review, 13 (1). pp. 109-117.

Kaime, Thoko (2003) 'Culture or children’s rights...or both?' ChildrenFirst, 50 . pp. 15-26.

Book Reviews

Kaime, Thoko (2006) 'Review of J Hatchard, M Ndulo and P Slinn, 'Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth: An Eastern and Southern African Perspective'.' Journal of African Law, 50 (1). pp. 85-87.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'Review of T. W. Bennett, 'Customary Law in South Africa'.' Journal of African Law, 48 (2). pp. 271-273.

Kaime, Thoko (2004) 'Review of C. Grant Bowman and A. Kuenyahia, 'Women and Law in sub-Saharan Africa'.' Journal of African Law, 48 (2). p. 273.

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