Professor Phoebe Okowa

Phoebe Okowa

Professor Phoebe Okowa LLB, BCL, D.Phil is Professor of Public International Law at Queen Mary, University of London.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya who has taught at the University of Bristol and held visiting appointments at the University of Helsinki, Lille, and Stockholm.

In 2011 and 2015 she was a Global Visiting Professor at New York University school of Law.

Professor Okowa’s teaching interests are in the broad field of public international law, especially the law of armed conflict, international environmental law and international criminal law.

She has published extensively on a wide range of topics. A member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, she has advised governments on a wide range of public international law questions, most recently as counsel and advocate in the genocide case brought by the Republic of Gambia against the Union of Myanmar in December 2019.

She says that she was driven to law by a desire for change and social justice after witnessing as a child the profound effect on her family of unjust law and unscrupulous lawyers as they were dispossessed of their land under a land registration system introduced towards the end of British colonial rule in Kenya.