Opening Ceremony with Betty Murungi

Picture of the Poster for the Master of Human Rights, featuring a lecture by Betty Murungi

On 18 October, at 6.15pm we will officially open the new academic year 2018/19 in the university’s Wassersaal (Schlossplatz 1). After a short ceremony for some of our recent graduates, we are very happy and honoured to welcome Betty Kaari Murungi, Kenyan Lawyer and Human Rights Activist and member of the Advisory Board of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy for a short lecture and discussions.

After her law studies and a year of research at the human rights program in Harvard, Mrs. Murungi became an integral player in the emerging jurisprudence of international criminal law and international humanitarian law in the area of gender based crimes; she is also experienced in the fields of transitional justice, the human rights of women, constitutional law and governance. She is the co-founder of the Urgent Action Fund Africa, was the vice-chairwoman and commissioner of the Kenya Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission and served as the Africa representative on the Board of the trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court (2009-2013). Among other awards, Betty Murungi was honored with the national Award of Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) for her distinguished services in the field of human rights; she is also the recipient of the International Peace Advocate Award of the Cardozo Law School New York. Her lecture will have the title “Transitional Justice in Kenya and South Sudan”.

The ceremony includes a reception. The venue is wheelchair accessible.