The Constitution being relatively new has introduced new concepts which require elaboration therefore requiring a great deal of research. We believe that proper implementation of the Constitution would benefit greatly from well researched work

that includes detailed explanation of the various concepts and provisions and a comparison with other jurisdictions as to how they are implemented. However, that research must also look at the local context within which these provisions apply.

A great deal of our own internal work requires research. It feeds into our preparation for our litigation and we pride ourselves on its quality. Research is also essential to our publications, including books, manuals on key Constitutional issues, occasional papers, journal articles, newspaper articles, advisory opinions to government and non-governmental institutions, development of model legislation and critique of proposed and existing legislation and designing of training programmes for the judiciary, developing civic education materials.

We note that there still is a significant need to carry out more constitutional research. At present, there are very few institutions, including institutions of higher learning, that are engaging in the thorough constitutional research that is necessary to help explain the meaning, context and implications of various constitutional provisions. Therefore KI sees as part of its mandate to include undertaking research on topical and complex constitutional issues which is needed to assist in policy development, seminal litigation and guiding precedent setting judgments and informing civil society work on constitutional matters.


Constitutional Transitions and Territorial Cleavages: The Kenyan Case (Yash Ghai and Jill Cottrell Ghai.)

Independent Candidates and the Constitution (Occasional Paper No.1). (Ghai, J.C. 2012)

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The “101 Things You Wanted To Know About The Police But Were Too Afraid To Ask” booklet is a collaborative effort engineered towards education of the Public on the workings of the Police. Find a copy here KATIBA BOOK 101

Animating Devolution in Kenya “The role of the Judiciary.Commentary and Analysis on Kenya’s Emerging Devolution Jurisprudence Under the New Constitution(ed. Conrad Bosire and Wanjiru Gikonyo)2015.

PIL Guide in Kenya Kenyans for peace with Truth and Justice( KPTJ) 

PIL has been a particularly critical tool for testing, clarifying and shaping law, policy and practice in societies across the globe. PIL will make an important contribution to the lives of many Kenyans.

Africa Centre for Open Governance(AfriCOG) and the Katiba Institute(2014)

Ethnicity, Nationhood and Pluralism: Kenyan Perspectives (ed. Yash Pal Ghai and Jill Cottrell Ghai. 2013)

A commitment to pluralism requires systematic effort across all sectors of society. Building an ethic of respect – for diversity, for difference, for the achievement and outcomes of compromise – is hard work, but the results are worth it.



The Land Bills-2012 : Proposals for a Framework Chapter and Review of the Published Versions of the Bills, March 2012. (Ghai, Y.P.; Ghai, J.C.; Kindiki, K.; Wily, L.A.; Manji, A.; Kanyua, P.N.; Lamba, D.; Weru, J.; Wanyoike, W.; Kariuki,K. 2


Independent Candidates and the Constitution (Occasional Paper No.1). (Ghai, J.C. 2012)



Kenya’s Constitution: An Instrument for Change. (Ghai, Y.P.;  and Ghai, J.C. 2011)



Katiba ya Kenya: Chombo cha Mageuzi. (Ghai, Y.P.; Ghai, J.C., 2011)


Economic, Social & cultural Rights in Practice: The Role of Judges in Implementing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  (Ed. Ghai,Y.; Cottrell, J., 2004 )


Activity Report 2011-2014. Katiba Institute

In the Public Interest: Katiba Institute’s PIL Newsletter

Integrity Watch.  How to Protect the Integrity of the Electoral Process