Areas of Expertise
Land Law
Environmental Law
Dr Elizabeth Gachenga
Senior Lecturer
LLB (UON), LLM (UON), PhD (Sydney)

Dr. Gachenga is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK) Finalist.  She has over ten years’ teaching experience in law. She is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs at Strathmore University. She is also a peer reviewer for law curricula for the Commission for University Education, Kenya.

Dr. Gachenga has research interests in environmental law and particularly in the governance of natural resources such as water, forests, oil & gas and renewable energy. Her interests in legal governance systems include customary law/ community-based governance frameworks. She has collaborated with international and local scholars on issues relating to the development of legal and policy frameworks for sustainability of water resources and generation of energy in the context of the challenges caused by climate change.

  1. GACHENGA E, ‘Gender Dimensions of Customary Water Resource Governance: Marakwet Case Study’ in A. Hellum, P. Kameri-Mbote and B. van Koppen (eds) Water is Life: Women’s human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (Weaver Press, 2015)
  2. GACHENGA E, ‘Customary Law Systems for Water Governance in Kenya’, in Paul Martin et al (eds) The Search for Environmental Justice (Edward Elgar, 2015)
  3. GACHENGA E, ‘Legal and Policy Frameworks for Climate-friendly Energy Generation in Africa: Energy Security for Future Development’ in Oliver C. Ruppel & Bernd Althusmann (eds) Perspectives on Energy Security and Renewable Energies in Sub-Saharan Africa: Practical Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 2015)
  4. GACHENGA E, ‘Governing the Commons and Customary Law Systems for Sustainable Natural Resource Governance: A Case of the Marakwet’ in Robson James P et al (ed), Remembering Elinor Ostrom: Her Work and its Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Policy Matters, Issue 19, CEESP and IUCN, pp 57-68 (2014)
  5. GACHENGA, E, PATTERSON, J.J., LUKASIEWICZ, A., WALLIS, P.J., RUBENSTEIN, N.I., COFFEY, B., LYNCH, A.J.J., ‘Tapping fresh currents: fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research’, Water Alternatives: an interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development, vol. 6, issue 2, Water Alternatives Association, Montpellier France, pp. 293-312 (2013),
  6. GACHENGA E, ‘Kenya’s Water Act: Opportunities for Integration of Customary Institutions of Water Governance through Water Resources Users Associations and Water Service Providers’ The Journal of Water Law, vol. 22 (2), pp 124-132 (2011)
  7. CRAIG, D. AND GACHENGA, E. 'The Recognition of Indigenous Customary Law in Water Resource Management', The Journal of Water Law, vol. 20, pp 278 - 284 (2010)
  8. GACHENGA E, ‘Alternative Perspectives to Women’s Lawyering, in Reid Mortensen, Francesca Bartlett and Kieran Tranter (editors), Alternative Perspectives on Lawyers and Legal Ethics. Reimagining the Profession, (Routledge Cavendish 2010)
  9. GACHENGA E, FRANCESCHI L G, AKECH-MIGAI, LUTZ D (editors) Governance, Institutions and the Human Condition (Lawafrica 2009)
  10. GACHENGA E, ‘Status of Biotechnology and Biosafety Policies & Laws in COMESA Countries’ Report presented at the Regional Workshop on Development of a Biotech/Biosafety Communication Strategy for the COMESA Region (2008)

Best Graduate Student Paper Award for the 2013 IUCN Environmental Law Academy Colloquium, 24th -28th June 2013, Waikato, New Zealand

Field Work Grant from Norwegian Agency for Cooperation and Development (NORAD) 2010-2011

Water and Sanitation Sensitization Community Outreach Project for Rural Women in Sambalat, Grant from Brazafric 2010


CPA Finalist