Justice Joel Ngugi


Justice Joel Ngugi was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Kenya in September, 2011.  He was deployed to serve in Machakos High Court. In June 2012 he was appointed by the Chief Justice to head the Judiciary Transformation Secretariat which was responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Kenya Judiciary Transformation Framework 2012-2016. This was the blue-print that guided the comprehensive reforms in the Kenyan Judiciary between 2012 and 2016.  In March, 2013 Justice Ngugi was appointed by the Chief Justice to double up as the Director of the Judiciary Training Institute.  He also represented the Judiciary at the Council for Legal Education – the regulator of legal education in Kenya.

He is presently the Presiding Judge of the High Court of Kenya in Kiambu County.

Prior to joining the Judiciary, Justice Ngugi was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington) where he was selected by the students as the Professor of the Year for 2004-05 and 2010-11. His teaching and research interests are in the area of Law and Development; International Law; Human Rights; and Contracts Law.  He previously practised law with the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, as a corporate and international litigation associate.  He also practiced law with the Kenyan firm of Kariuki Muigua & Company Advocates before moving to the United States.  Justice Ngugi has worked with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and conducted research work for the Global Coalition for Africa/World Bank, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University and at the Global Trade Watch Division of the Public Citizens, Inc. in Washington, DC. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi in 1996 and his Masters in Law and Doctoral degree in Law from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.