Kenyan Phoebe Okowa Becomes First African Woman Elected To International Law Commission -

Kenyan professor Phoebe Okowa has been inducted into the International Law Commission (ILC), making her the first African woman to achieve the feat.

Okowa will be a member of the commission from 2023 to 2027 after receiving 162 votes.

The commission is made up of 34 experts responsible for developing and codifying international law. The members are elected by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) every five years

Speaking on her appointment on Saturday, Okowa said that she is honoured and grateful to have been elected.

“I am profoundly grateful to member states for their confidence in me. Throughout the campaign experience I have remained conscious that the ILC is a subsidiary organ of the UN that is at its most effective working in collaboration with the sixth committee,” she wrote.


Okowa similarly stated that she was eager to work with the other members of the commission to execute their mandate.

“I look forward to working with the other members of the commission and those on the sixth committee as the commission continues its vital work in responding to the defining challenges of our generation,” she stated.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau congratulated Okowa for being a trailblazer who is putting Kenya on the map.

“History in the making, first African woman on the Commission. Well done team MFA global!! Together we are unstoppable,” the PS said.


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