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Chief Advisor – NBO.

LAWRENCE MUTE.

Est. 2017. JHB – CPT – NBO.
Lawrence Mute

Lawrence is the Chief Advisor to ALT Advisory and a public interest lawyer, strategist, and researcher.

ABOUT LAWRENCE.

  • Lawrence is the Chief Advisor to ALT Advisory supporting our institutional and programmatic development and growth in Africa. He also works on select advisory, research, and training projects.

    Lawrence is an accomplished public interest lawyer, researcher, and practitioner with 26 years’ experience working at the subnational, national, continental, and international levels. He focuses on advisory, research, and training in the areas of human rights, disability justice, gender justice, and democracy and governance, and has extensive experience in international and African human rights mechanisms, the rights of persons with disabilities, women’s rights and gender equality, the prevention of torture, freedom of expression and access to information, and the rights of sexual and gender minorities.

    During his extensive career, Lawrence has provided strategic and technical support as a consultant for state, regional, and international agencies, including the Government of Kenya, the Government of Somalia, the African Union, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Disability Alliance, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions, the National Democratic Institute, the State University of New York, Equality Now, the Centre for Reproductive Rights, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the United Disabled Persons of Kenya, and Amnesty Kenya.

    Lawrence has served as the Vice Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, the Chairperson of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa, and as a member of the Working Group on Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities in Africa. He has also served as a Commissioner with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.

    In addition, Lawrence has chaired or served on the boards of intergovernmental and civil society organisations, including the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Torture, the Human Rights Initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Open Society for Eastern Africa, Article 19 and its East Africa Chapter, Kituo cha Katiba, and UHAI – the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative.

33%

Percentage of annual profits allocated to pro bono and public interest projects.

200+27

Number of successfully completed advisory projects in 27 jurisdictions since 2017.

4000+

Number of collective pro bono and public interest hours in 2023.

LAWRENCE’S RECENT WORK.

    • Preparing occasional reports mapping the roles of the African Union Commission in the decision-making processes of the African Union for Amani Africa Media and Research Services (2023).
    • Preparing a study on proactive disclosure of information during Kenya’s 2022 general election for Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, and Article 19 Eastern Africa (2022-2023).
    • Preparing an audit of the 2022 general election from a disability-inclusion perspective for United Disabled Persons of Kenya (2022-2023).
    • Developing a training manual for civil society organisations on periodic reporting on women’s rights instruments in Africa fro Equality Now (2022-2023).
    • Preparing a practical guide on the role of independent monitoring frameworks in implementing the rights of persons with disabilities for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2023).
    • Preparing the 2013-2022 Jubilee Manifesto report card for Amnesty Kenya (2022).
    • Facilitating and leading the preparation of a study on safeguarding human and peoples’ rights within the East African Community for the Kenya Human Rights Commission (2022).
    • Preparing a thematic report on the unlawful or arbitrary deprivation of liberty for persons with disabilities in Africa for Validity (2021).
    • Drafting the Persons with Disabilities Bill for the Government of Somalia (2019-2020).
    • Developing material and undertaking training and capacity-enhancement for the project on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression covering Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Uganda for the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (2017-2019).