Maryanne Kamau is a highly motivated individual whose resolve to pursue a legal career was kindled by a keen interest in governance and democracy issues at an early age. This unwavering resolve has and continues to propel her drive and strong yearning to effect change through law and policy. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and is expected to receive a Post-Graduate Diploma in legal practice from the Kenya School of Law in December 2016, a pre-requisite for advocates practicing in Kenya. Having passed her bar exams and completed pupillage, she now awaits admission to the Kenyan Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Since the debut of her legal career, Maryanne has gained practical insights on legal practice, as an intern and pupil at renowned law firms in Nairobi. This experience has groomed her legal writing and research skills while under the stewardship of seasoned legal practitioners. She has shown keen interest on acquiring an in-depth understanding of the forces that shape international economic integration and governance. This includes, inter alia, world trade disputes and policy formulation on global economic issues. Her goal remains steadfast and focused to join the league of lawyers, whose specific skill-set enables them participate fully and effectively both within and without their jurisdictions.
To balance the aforementioned portfolio of theoretical legal knowledge and hands-on experience, she has constantly indulged in activities that complement her legal pursuit albeit on a lighter note.
She joined the Kenya Model United Nations as a delegate and quickly rose up the ranks to become the Committee Chair of the Economic and Financial Issues Committee on a three-year tenure during her undergraduate studies. This experience familiarised her to a broader scope of all matters international governance that focus on global economic affairs.
In addition, while at the Kenya School of Law, she was among the few shortlisted to represent the School at the Elsa Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. As a team player she contributed her competence, creativity and enthusiasm, attributes that reflected her commitment and dedication to the team's vision and aspirations. The team went on to enjoy a successful run at the African Regional Round held in Grahamstown, South Africa, qualifying for the Final Round in Geneva, Switzerland. At the Regionals, her team was awarded Best Respondent Written Submission and Best Overall Written Submissions. At the Final Round, the team scooped the Valerie Hughes Award for the Best Respondent Written Submission.
Profiting from the exemplary team performance, she was subsequently awarded the ELSA Scholarship to pursue her post graduate studies in Spain. She is currently an LL.M candidate pursuing International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO) at the University of Barcelona.
Maryanne is fluent in English as well as Kiswahili and is eager to learn Spanish to enrich her cultural experience during her stay in Spain.