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Little-Known Kenyan Lawyer Nominated For Top UN Job

A Kenyan lawyer Phoebe Okowa is set to battle it out with other candidates in the world for the international Law commission seat and should she manage to get the lucrative job, she will become the first woman to sit in the United Nations body.

Okowa was nominated for the top United Nations position but not much is known about the Professor of Public international law at Queen Mary University in London and is seeking to join other thirty-four members in the body.

The lawyer's chances of bagging the job has also been boosted by the endorsement for the candidacy she has received from the African Union with the United Kingdom equally backing her ambitions for the job.

She was part of the legal team for Kenya that was mandated with handling the maritime case against Somalia at the International court of justice and has also been observed as a member of the permanent court of Arbitration in the Hague.

The advocate at the High Court also lectures international law for the United Nations and has published a number of articles and books to add to her impressive curriculum vitae which is a clear pointer to why she stands a chance to get the job.

Okowa who is the only female candidate from Africa, could not hide her delight after receiving the endorsement.

"I am thrilled to learn that today, my candidacy for the UN ILC has been endorsed by the African Union, My work will be informed by my dual experience as an academic and a practitioner of international law, which gives me a strong grasp of both the technical and the practical elements." she said.

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