Lily Mburu


LLB (UoN), LLM (Warwick)


Lily Mburu has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Development Law and Human Rights from the University of Warwick. She specializes in human rights and is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Lily has lectured courses on law and development and jurisprudence at Strathmore Law School and previously taught environmental law and international humanitarian law. Her research interests center on governance and socio-economic development, environmental justice, decoloniality and African jurisprudence.

Prior to joining academia, Lily spent her career as a human rights practitioner working on the protection of human rights defenders, promotion of civil liberties, safeguarding civic space and civil society strengthening programs spanning several countries in the east and horn of Africa region. Lily currently engages as an independent consultant, conducting research and providing advisory support to civil society organizations and international development partners. She has a keen interest in fostering strategic collaboration between academia and civil society.

Lily is a member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya), an inaugural fellow of the African Leadership University (ALU) and serves as a board member of Protection International-Africa.

Areas of Expertise

  • International human rights law
  • Law and development
  • Environmental law