Samwel Ngure Ndungu
Sam joined the JSD program at Cornell Law School in August 2015. He previously graduated from the LL.M program at Cornell in May 2015 as an Institute of African Development (IAD) Fellow, and a recipient of the Schlesinger Fellowship of Cornell Law School. During his LL.M, he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award (2015). He also holds a LL.B from the University of Nairobi
Prior to joining CLS, he clerked for the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court in Kenya, Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga, and was a guest lecturer in Ethics and the Constitution at the Ethics and Integrity Institute (Kenya). His interests are primarily in international development law and transformative constitutionalism.
Sam’s dissertation focuses on the impact of litigation strategy in the enforcement on socio-economic rights in South Africa. He investigates the promise of socio-economic rights- the so called “development rights”- and looks at the potentially negative effects of the centrality of litigation in the normativization of these rights.
Muna B. Ndulo (Chair)
International Economic Law
International Investment Law
International Environmental Law
Enforcement of the Right to Education in Kenya: Progressive Implementation, Protected Status of the Child & Political Uses, Rule of Law Report 2012/2013, International Commission of Jurists (Kenya Chapter).
CALI Excellence for the Future Award in International Environmental Law (May 2015)
Institute of African Development Fellow (2014, 2015)
Recipient of the Schlesinger Fellowship, Cornell Law School (2014,2015)