Justice Edward Wabwoto, 39

Judge

Environment and Land Court
My Story

Edward was appointed a judge of the Environment and Land Court in June last year, after a stint as a senior legal officer at the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

“I eat, sleep and dream about the environment,” he says.

While working at Nema, he was a member of Kenya’s technical legal team for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and he actively participated in the climate change negotiations and the subsequent drafting and adoption of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC.

The father of two was also involved in the drafting of Kenya’s Climate Change Act of 2016 and several regulations under the Act.

"I eat, sleep and dream about the environment."

He is happy the current system of education —Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) — has a subject on the environment.

He says the government got it right by ensuring that the culture of taking care of the environment is inculcated in children.

This, he says, will make them know the importance of conserving the environment because “a good environment leads to a better life”.

When not in his chambers or the courtroom, he likes travelling and exploring the world. He is also a football fan and a supporter of the English Premier League Club- Arsenal.

The 39-year-old holds a law degree from Moi University, a postgraduate diploma in legal practice, and a certificate in legislative drafting both from the Kenya School of law.

He has also studied climate change, human rights, and environmental protection for sustainable development.

He has previously served as a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, Constitutional Reform Committee, Human Rights/Public Interest, and Legal Aid Committees of the Law Society of Kenya.

Sam Kiplagat