Read the Full Endorsement from Dr. Martin Kimani
“The government of Kenya proudly presents Professor Phoebe Okowa as our nominee to the International Law Commission for the term 2023-2027. An inspiring woman and an acclaimed international legal scholar, her qualities and qualifications as outlined below speak for themselves.
Professor Okowa has taught and carried out research in public international law for more than 25 years in different universities around the world. In addition to her purely academic work, she has also undertaken important advisory work for various governments and non-governmental organisations. A Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, she has appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice, prepared amicus briefs on questions of international law for counsel before domestic courts and lectured on practical questions of international law for the United Nations at its Regional Course on International Law for Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In nominating Professor Okowa, Kenya is mindful that gender parity is a fundamental value that underpins our 2010 constitution. We believe that the quality of institutions ultimately depends on selecting really good people and wish to lead by example in nominating an exceptionally well qualified female candidate to this important body. Here, we echo the words of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, that gender parity is a “moral duty and an operational necessity. The meaningful inclusion of women in decision making increases effectiveness and productivity, brings new perspectives and solutions to the table, unlocks greater resources and strengthens efforts”.
Professor Okowa’s commitment to the international rule of law is very clear. She is not only a talented scholar and practitioner with a profound understanding of the work of the International Law Commission, but also a consensus-builder who will take a collegial and collaborative approach. In the coming months, we hope you will have the opportunity to meet Professor Okowa in person or virtually, to assess these qualities for yourselves. She is the right candidate for the Commission and we ask that you vote for her at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in November 2021.
A vote for Professor Okowa will in itself be an important step towards making the equality ideal in the Charter of the United Nations a manifest reality.”
Ambassador Dr. Martin Kimani
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations, New York