Sylvia Kang'ara

  • Affiliate Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 221-6854
Email: skangara@u.washington.edu

Sylvia Kang'ara

Education

LL.B. 1996, University of Nairobi, Kenya LL.M. 1998, S.J.D. 2003, Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang’ara, Beyond Bed and Bread: Making the African State Through Marriage Reform--Constitutive and Transformative Influences in Anglo-American Legal Thought, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 353-95 (2012).
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang’ara, Why Take Private Law Seriously in Africa?, Am. U. Int’l L. Rev. 1125-52 (2011).

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang’ara, Beyond Bed and Bread: Making the African State Through Marriage Reform--Constitutive and Transformative Influences in Anglo-American Legal Thought, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 353-95 (2012).
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang’ara, Why Take Private Law Seriously in Africa?, Am. U. Int’l L. Rev. 1125-52 (2011).
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Her Unnatural Worth: African Women Jurists in Twentieth Century Legal Discourse, Michigan Journal of Race and the Law, (2008).
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang'ara, Rethinking Property: Language, Meaning and Institutions, 13 Hague Y.B. Int'l L. 37-42 (2001).
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang'ara, When the Pendulum Swings Too Far: Structural Adjustment Programs in Kenya, 1998-99 Third World Legal Stud. 109-51.

News Media

  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Some Thoughts on Majimbo, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Oct. 30, 2007.
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang'ara, Country Boasts Big Government, But Is That Healthy for Us?, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Aug. 9, 2007.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Role of Family and Politics in the Rise of Women, East African Standard, Nov. 16, 2006.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Kenya MPs Denied Visas Should Quit, Daily Nation (Nairobi), June 8, 2006.
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang'ara, Sisters, Let's Set Eyes on the Granery, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Mar. 8, 2006.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Time Ripe to Punish Crimes, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Feb. 4, 2006.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Kenya Needs Crusaders for Social Justice, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Dec. 13, 2005.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, What Kenya Needs Is a Smart Cabinet, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Nov. 25, 2005.
  • Sylvia Wairimu Kang'ara, Should We Register Polygamous Unions?, Daily Nation (Nairobi), July 12, 2005.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, It's a Clear Case of Protection from Law, Daily Nation (Nairobi), May 24, 2005.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Conflict of Interest in Lucy-Diop Saga, Daily Nation (Nairobi), May 5, 2005.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Lucy Kibaki Defines Women's Struggle, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Mar. 16, 2005.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Our Graft Impoverishes, Their Enriches, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Feb. 10, 2005.
  • Sylvia Kang'ara, Would Jesus have Approved of Condoms?, Daily Nation (Nairobi), Jan. 14, 2005.
  • Speaker, "Thrice Beaten Never Shy? Gender and Kenya's New Constitutional Equality Doctrine", Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, Albany Law School (April 12, 2012)

  • Speaker, "Democratization of Privatization: The New Constitutional Property Law in Africa", Workshop on the “Third” Globalization of Law, University of Colorado School of Law (October 29, 2011)

  • Speaker, "Gender and Traditional Cultural Expressions: What Has Intellectual Property to Do with It?", American University, Washington College of Law (April 1, 2011)

  • Speaker, "Commentary to Keynote Address by Prof. Duncan Kennedy of Harvard Law School", Symposium on Global Law and Its Exceptions: Globalization, Legal Transplants, Local Reception and Resistance, University of Washington School of Law (February 25, 2011)

  • Panelist, "Faculty Roundtable on Legal Education", Symposium on Global Law and Its Exceptions: Globalization, Legal Transplants, Local Reception and Resistance, University of Washington School of Law (February 24, 2011)

  • Speaker, "Western Legal Ideas in African Family Law", 2010 Annual Congress, International Association of Comparative Law (July 30, 2010)

  • Speaker, "Can There Be Private Law?", Private Law Workshop, American University, Washington College of Law (July 28, 2010)

  • "Chair/Convenor, Special Session on Africa: Private Law and Social Justice", 2010 Annual Congress, International Association of Comparative Law (July 26, 2010)

  • "Workshop on Kenyan Law and Culture for International Criminal Investigators and Prosecutors", International Criminal Court (March 19, 2010)

  • "Positivism and Identities: African Women Jurists in 20th Century Legal Discourse", Distinguished Speaker Series, Harvard Law School, Program on Law and Social Thought (October 5, 2009)

  • "Critical Overview of the Development of British Colonial Family Law in Africa", Comparative Family Law Workshop, American University, Washington College of Law (March 20, 2009)

  • "International Humanitarian Law at Crossroads", International Humanitarian Law Workshop, American Red Cross (June 11, 2008)

  • "Effects of Post-Election Violence on Women and Children in Kenya", University of Washington School of Law, Center for Human Rights and Justice and the African Studies Program (April 29, 2008)

  • Moderator, "Do International Financial Institutions Repress Development?", Conference, American Society of International Law (April 9, 2008)

  • "Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women", Health Law and Human Rights Class, University of Washington School of Law (February 1, 2008)