SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Ms Kaari Betty Murungi


Kaari Murungi
Ms Kaari Betty Murungi
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Kaari Betty Murungi has broad experience in transitional justice processes, women’s human rights, gender, constitutionalism and governance. Over the past two decades, the focus of her interest and  work has been to advance gender justice in international justice and accountability mechanisms and  to promote women’s human rights in the context of violent conflict.  Ms. Murungi has worked on these issues in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Northern Uganda, South Sudan and her native country Kenya.

Ms. Murungi served as Vice Chairperson and Commissioner to the Kenya Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (2009-2010);  as the Africa representative on the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court (2009-2013); as  Senior Transitional Justice Advisor to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), South Sudan (2016-2018); as a member of the Independent Commission of Inquiry for the Occupied Palestinian Territory appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (July 2018- March 2019) and currently works as an independent consultant in her areas of interest. She is a lawyer and advocate of the High Court of Kenya and was educated at the University of Nairobi and the Kenya School of Law. She spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program researching Transitional Justice mechanisms.