Makau Mutua is Dean, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York. He is the Director of the Human Rights Center and teaches international human rights, international business transactions, and international law. Professor Mutua has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.
He was educated at the University of Nairobi, the University of Dar-es-Salaam, and at Harvard Law School, where he obtained a Doctorate of Juridical Science in 1987. Professor Mutua was Co-Chair of the 2000 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.
In 2002-03, while on sabbatical in Kenya, Professor Mutua was appointed by the Government of Kenya as Chairman of the Task Force on the Establishment of a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission. The Task Force recommended a truth commission for Kenya. During the same time, Professor Mutua was a delegate to the National Constitutional Conference, the forum that produced a contested draft constitution for Kenya.
Professor Mutua is the author of Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique (2002). He has written numerous scholarly articles exploring topical subjects in international law, human rights, and religion. These include “The Ideology of Human Rights,” “Hope and Despair for a New South Africa: the Limits of Rights Discourse,” “The Banjul Charter and the African Cultural Fingerprint: an Evaluation of the Language of Duties,” and “Why Redraw the Map of Africa: a Moral and Legal Inquiry” published in various law reviews. He has written human rights reports for the United Nations and leading NGOs. He has authored dozens of articles for popular publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Daily Nation, East African Standard, and the Washington Post.
Previously, Professor Mutua was the Associate Director at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. He was also the Director of the Africa Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. He serves as the Chairman of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and sits on the boards of several international organizations, such as Global Rights, and academic journals, such as the Leiden Journal of International Law. He is a frequent commentator on politics, human rights, law, and current affairs in the print and electronic media.
He has conducted numerous human rights, diplomatic, and rule of law missions to countries in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He has lectured and spoken at public fora in many parts of the world, including Japan, Brazil, France, and Ethiopia.
Source: University of Buffalo Law School