Dr. Jane Wathuta has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Nairobi (1997) and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family from the University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain) and a Research PhD in Bioethics from the Biomedical University of Rome in Italy. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2015-2017 and later a visiting research fellow at the same School from 2017 to date. Dr. Wathuta has trained in research ethics, ethics education and human rights at various institutions in Africa and Europe.
Jane serves in the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) under the National Commission for Science Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI – Kenya) and the Research Ethics Committee of Strathmore University. She is also a member of the Bioethics Society of Kenya, the Law Society of Kenya, and the co-founder and chairperson of Women in Academia (WiA.ke), a private initiative aimed at advancing female scholarship in Kenya and beyond.
Dr. Wathuta is currently the Research Director at Strathmore Law School and Director of the Strathmore University Institute for Family Studies and Ethics. She is also a lecturer and researcher, co-trainer in research ethics, supervisor and examiner, and, student mentor at Strathmore. She is an author in several journal articles, book chapters and technical reports and has presented in a number of local and international conferences and workshops. She has also been an invited peer reviewer for various academic journals.
Jane has collaborated in the consultative process of Kenya’s draft National Family Promotion and Protection Policy spearheaded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. She has been a consultant with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), analysing the draft National Family Policy in light of the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Wathuta participated, as part of the University of the Witwatersrand team, in the TRUST Project “Creating and enhancing trustworthy, responsible, and equitable partnerships in international research” (2015-2018) funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Program. She speaks several languages and holds a diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Level C2) from the Instituto Cervantes.