According to the university, the award is in recognition of the lawyer’s significant contribution in fighting for justice and his service to humanity.
“Mount Kenya University has nominated Karim A. A Khan for the conferment of honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) during the 23rd graduation ceremony on Friday, August 4, in recognition of his broad contribution to the rule of law and international justice,” the notice partly read.
Ruto’s Lawyer Karim Khan
Karim Khan came into the limelight when he represented President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua Arap Sang at the ICC.
The two were among Kenyans charged with Crimes against humanity following the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2007/2008.
However, the Court later dropped the charges in 2016.
Also, Khan was former President of Liberia Charles Taylor’s attorney after he was charged with crimes against humanity.
In 2021 Khan was elected as the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. He headed United Nations investigation into war crimes committed by Islamic state group in Iraq.
Khan took over from Gambian judge Fatou Bensouda and became the third chief prosecutor in the 18 years of court’s existence.
He has practiced law for over 30 years and with vast experience. He is a barrister and Queen’s Counsel with more than 25 years of professional experience as an international criminal law and human rights lawyer.
With a strong educational background in law, he had his first Law degree from King’s College in London.
He Was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992.
Karim Khan is also a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2018.
However, in africa, opinion is divided on his credibility especially regarding representing accused persons charged for serious crimes.