Kenya is signatory to a number of international treaties applicable to individuals seeking asylum and protection. These international obligations were consolidated through the enactment of the Refugees Act in 2006 which took effect the next year, and its subsidiary legislation, the Refugees ( Registration and Adjudication) Regulations, in 2009 (Refugees Regulations).
Since the enactment of the Act, it is in 2021 that the first appeal from the Refugee Appeal Board to the High Court was filed. The appeal is pending for hearing and determination hence the need for urgent capacity building on this subject.
To equip judges with essential knowledge on this subject, AGA-Africa in collaboration with the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) organized a two-day virtual training for judges on Refugee Law from 8th – 9th April, 2021.
The two-day training brought together both High Court and Court of Appeal judges of Kenya and was aimed at equipping them with knowledge and skills required in applying the principles, law, and policies relating to the protection of refugees.
The workshop was graced by Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola, President, International Association of Refugee & Migration Judges (IARMJ), Hon. Justice Kathurima M’Inoti, Director, Judiciary Training Institute and Markus Green, AGA-Africa Board Member.
The training sessions were facilitated by seasoned facilitators: Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola, President, International Association of Refugee & Migration Judges (IARMJ), Hon. Theresa Holmes-Simmons, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Arlington, Charlotte, Philadelphia and York Immigration Courts, Hon. Justice John Mativo, Judge, High Court of Kenya, Prof. Elizabeth Schmelzel, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, Alice Wangari Mwanzia, Advocate, High Court of Kenya, Daniel Kamphuis, Senior Integrity Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation Office, Nairobi, Yamini Pande, Senior Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation Office, Nairobi and Thomas Kibunja, Protection Officer, Refugee Affairs Secretariat.