A Report on the Emerging Trends in Commercial and Financial Law


The two-day workshop on Banking Law, Capital Markets Law and Corporate Governance, dubbed the Emerging Trends in Commercial and Financial Law was organized by the Financial and Legal Sector Technical Assistance Project of the Ministry of Finance and hosted by the University of Nairobi, School of Law.

The conference drew a wide array of participants from the public, private, and business sectors. In all, 10 presentations were made, and discussion sessions were held at the workshop.

The first day of the workshop witnessed the opening ceremony with addresses by Dr. Kiarie Mwaura from the University of Nairobi and Christine A. Agimba, Project Manager from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Finance. Laila Abdullatif was the rapporteur chosen for the workshop.

The objectives of the workshop were:

a. To provide an interactive forum to engage in the discourse on emerging trends in commercial and financial law in Kenya and elsewhere;

b. To facilitate a better understanding of policy and legal problems that were to be identified during the discussions;

c. To create links between the School of Law and industry (particularly those working in the area of commercial law) so as to develop an environment for exchange of ideas and staff between academia and industry as well as to explore the possibility of student attachments;

d. To explore the possibility of undertaking collaborative research and teaching between the School of Law and industry players;

e. To enhance the quality of the curriculum on offer in the fields of commercial and financial law and to develop standard teaching materials/course packs in the areas of:

i. Banking Law;

ii. Capital Markets and Securities Regulation; and

iii. Corporate Governance.

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