Willy Mutunga, a member of the Justice Leadership Group, was Kenya’s Chief Justice from 2011-2016. Willy Mutunga played a pivotal role in the constitution-making processes in Kenya in the early 90s. He worked on the implementation of the progressive 2010 Kenyan Constitution, which he helped draft, as head of the Judiciary and President of the apex court in the country. Later, under the blueprint of the Kenyan Judiciary Transformation Framework 2012 – 2016, he achieved impressive progress in bringing the justice system closer to ordinary people. Before his time in office, Mutunga acted as the Secretary-General of the University Staff Union at the University of Nairobi for three years.
He was also appointed Secretary General of the Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Maldives in 2016. As Special Envoy, he tried to bring the political leadership there together and to aid in the process of constitutional and political transition. His overriding mandate was to ‘support a sustainable political dialogue process leading to a stronger climate of pluralism and inclusive elections in 2018, and to encourage the strengthening of democratic institutions and culture in Maldives’. Mutunga is also a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice (Fordham Law School, New York City).