Areas of Expertise
  • Public interest litigation
  • Constitutionalism
  • Rule of law
  • Democratization
  • Peace and security
  • African regional integration
Josephat Muuo Kilonzo
LLB(Moi University),Master in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa Degree(University of Pretoria)

Joe is an international human rights lawyer with a keen interest in public interest litigation, constitutionalism, rule of law, democratization, peace and security and African regional integration. He has worked with among others Muma & Kanjama Advocates, Kenya, the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation, Switzerland, National Legal Aid & Awareness Program, Kenya and the Dullar Omar Institute, University of Western Cape, South Africa. He has also been a Junior Associate with Maendeleo Group- An Africa Focused Strategy, Development and Advisory Firm on Political & Business Risk Analysis; Democratic Governance; Sustainable Development; Peace and Security.

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from Moi University, Kenya (2015) and a Master in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa Degree (LLM with Distinction) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is currently an LLD Candidate at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

Josephat Kilonzo & Duncan Okubasu, Judicialisation of ‘Mega’ Politics in Kenya: Contributor to Democratization or Mere Recipe for Institutional Backlash? (Forthcoming Book Chapter to be published by International Commission of Jurists – Kenyan Chapter)


George Mukundi Wachira & Josephat Kilonzo, AU Institutional Reforms: Legal Implications for Member States (2018) Tana Papers – A Collection of Policy Briefs

Unpublished LLM Thesis 2017: Politics of Memory and the Realisation of Transformative Constitutionalism in Kenya.


“Transformation of Judicial Review in Kenya Under the New Constitutional Order” The Platform July 2016 Issue.


 “Kenyan Court of Appeal Shackles the Novel and Innovative Remedies for Socio-Economic Rights Violation” The Platform July 2016 Issue.


“Death Penalty in Kenya and The Global Trend Towards its Abolition”, International Journal for Human Rights and Constitutional Studies (2015), Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.137–156.


"Analysis of Consumer Rights and Protection in Kenya Under the Consumer Protection Act 2012", MOI LAW REVIEW JOURNAL (1st Edition, 2014) Law Africa Publishing ISBN 9966-031-79-2.

Nelson Mandela Prize 2017 – Best Academic Performance in the 2017 LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation class.


German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst- DAAD) Scholarship 2017


CB Madan Student Award 2016 – Presented by The Platform for the essay ‘Kenyan Court of Appeal Shackles the Novel and Innovative Remedies for Socio-Economic Rights Violation’ critiquing the infamous Court of Appeal decision in Kenya Airports Authority v Mitu-Bell Welfare Society & 2 Others (2016) eKLR.

Contact Details

Madaraka Estate
Ole Sangale Road, PO Box 59857,
00200 City Square
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 0703-034000, 0703-034200