In 2021 the International Law Institute was honored to host nine distinguished in-person delegations from the Parliament of Kenya.
The International Law Institute is proud of a long and constructive relationship with the Government of Kenya extending from the 1980s. Over the years, ILI has worked constructively to support capacity training, and technical conferences training over 600 Kenyan officials. ILI values our close relationship and trust our programs continue to contribute to our shared goals promoting promote the effective application of good governance and the rule of law.
ILI Director Kim Phan developed and delivered each of the 2021 programs. These programs were graciously recognized by the Senate of Kenya: Kenya Senate Formally Commends ILI [click for article and video]
ILI would like to thank the expert faculty who contributed to these important training: Reb Brownell (former Deputy Chief of Staff to Mitch McConnell) Hon. Tom Davis (former Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee), Rick Messick, Phil Kiko (former Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives), Thomas Hicks (Vice-Chairman, Election Assistance Commission), Susan Oursler (former Chief Clerk of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee). Art Rynearson (former Deputy Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate), and Kenneth Kraft (former staff on U.S. House Appropriations Committee).
Kenyan Senate Committee on Justice, Jegal Affairs, and Human Rights
May 31 – June 3, 2021
This distinguished 10-member delegation included the Chairpersons of eight Senate Committees. Conferences focused on a comparative understanding of the U.S. Senate, Legislative Oversight, Administrative Operations of a Legislature, Elections and Election Disputes, and a site visit to the Maryland House in Annapolis.
Leadership of the Senate of Kenya
June 7-9, 2021
The Honorable Speaker of the Senate of Kenya led a 13-member delegation, which included the Senate Deputy Speaker, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, Senate Majority Whip, and Senate Minority Whip. Points of discussion included Legislative Leadership, Managing the Personalities of a Legislature to get Performance, Working with Senate Leadership, Legislative Oversight of the Executive, and Performance and Functions for Senate Leadership Staff.
Senate Board of Management – Group I: Executive Leadership
August 9-12, 2021
The Clerk of the Senate of Kenya led a 10-member delegation, which included the Deputy Clerk, the Director of Legal Services, the Director of Committee Services, Director of the Parliamentary Service Commission Secretariat, the Director of Legislative and Procedural Services, and the Director of the Senate Legislative Office. The core of our sessions focused on principles for the Senate Board of Management, Executive Legislative Leadership, comparative U.S. Senate, Management, Administration, and Leadership and Decision Making.
Senate Board of Management – Group II: Executive Leadership
August 16-19, 2021
This 10-member delegation led by the Clerk of the Senate included the Deputy Clerk, the Director of the Speaker’s Office, the Hansard Editor, the Director of Finance and Accounting Services, the Sergeant-At-Arms, and the Chief Procurement Officer. Program conferences concentrated on Executive Legislative Leadership and included discussion of the U.S. Senate, Management, Administration, and Leadership and Decision Making.
Senate Liaison Committee – Group I: Leadership and Committee Functions
August 30 – September 2, 2021
The delegation was led by the Chairpersons of the Senate Committees on: Agriculture, Education, Finance and Budget; Labor, Environment and Natural Resources; National Cohesion; and the Vice Chairperson of the Committee on National Security. As the Liaison Committee features Chairpersons of all standing Senate Committees, this program consisted of leadership and committee functions trainings, including Senate Leadership, the Structure and Function of a Senate Committee, and Legislative Oversight.
Senate Liaison Committee – Group II: Leadership and Committee Functions
October 25-28, 2021
This 12-member delegation was led by the Honorable Speaker of the Senate and included the Chairpersons of the Senate Committees on: Devolution, Energy, Justice, Health, Trade, and Roads. Programs concentrated on Leadership and Committee Functions, Legislative Executive Relations, and the U.S. – Kenya Free Trade Agreement. Speakers on the Panel included the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Kenya and the President of the Corporate Council on Africa.
National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee
November 2-4, 2021
This delegation was led by the Chairperson of the Justice Committee and included eight committee members along with the Chairperson of the National Assembly Committee on Implementation. This training focused on the work of the Committee including comparative conferences on the structure of the U.S. Congress, Legislative Oversight of the Executive, and Roles and Functions of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
National Assembly of Kenya Training on Devolution, Legislation, and Oversight
November 8-12, 2021
This distinguished 9-member delegation consisted of the Chairperson of the National Assembly Committee on Budget and Appropriations, the Chairperson of the National Assembly Committee on Finance, the Director of the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Director of Finance and Accounting Services, the Director of Legislative and Procedural Services, the Deputy Director of Litigation, the Director of Committee Services, and the Legal Counsel for the National Assembly. The program focused on financial aspects of the devolution process of Kenya. Topics included an Overview of Congress, Legislative Drafting, the Appropriations Process, and an overview of the US Congressional Budget Office.
Deputy Leadership of the Kenya Senate: Executive Leadership and Legislative Training
December 7-10, 2021
Led by Senator Margaret Kamar, the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, the 7-member delegation included the Deputy Majority Leader, the Deputy Minority Leader, Deputy Majority Whip, and the Speaker’s Panel. This program focused on Executive Leadership and Legislative Training for the Deputy Leadership of the Kenya Senate.