Lawrence Mute

Lawrence Mute is a lawyer and consultant on rights and governance and has just been elected a commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Between 2003 and 2012, he was a commissioner with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights where he led the commission in supporting Kenya to comply with its international human rights obligations and advising the state to infuse human rights norms in the country’s laws and policies. Prior to this, he worked as deputy director at the Centre for Law and Research International where he led/participated in research and civic education on constitution-making and constitutionalism. Mute played key roles in Kenya’s negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also participated in the preparation of the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

He has written and published on human rights, governance, disability, sexual minorities, and media. He holds a BA in law from the University of Nairobi and an MA in law from the University of Warwick, and has received awards from the government of Kenya, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists.