Makau W. Mutua

SUNY Distinguished Professor Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar

Former Dean, University at Buffalo School of Law

Research Focus: Constitution-Making, Human Rights, International Business Transactions, Post-Colonialism, Post-Conflict Societies, Public International Law, State Reconstruction, Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), Transitional Justice

Links: Curriculum Vitae, SSRN

Contact Information

626 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-2311
Email: mutua@buffalo.edu

Faculty Assistant: Suzanne Caruso

Books

HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS: HEGEMONY, LAW, AND POLITICS (SUNY Press:  2016)
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HUMAN RIGHTS NGOS IN EAST AFRICA: POLITICAL AND NORMATIVE TENSIONS (Makua Mutua, ed.) (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2008)
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KENYA'S QUEST FOR DEMOCRACY: TAMING LEVIATHAN (Lynne Rienner Publishers: 2008)
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HUMAN RIGHTS: A POLITICAL AND CULTURAL CRITIQUE (2002)
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EYES ON THE PRIZE (Makau Mutua and Willy Mutunga) (Athena Mutua, ed.) (Kenya Human Rights Commission:  2003) 
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HUMAN RIGHTS: A POLITICAL AND CULTURAL CRITIQUE (2002) 
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ZAIRE: REPRESSION AS POLICY (with Peter Rosenblum, ed.) (Lawyers Committee for Human Rights: 1990)
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Book Chapters

Savages, Victims & Saviors, LAWS AND SOCIETIES IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS: CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES (Eve Daruab-Smith, ed.) (Cambridge University Press:   2013) p. 84
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Why Kenya is a Nation in Embryo, 50 YEARS SINCE INDEPENDENCE: WHERE IS KENYA? (Susan Wakhungu-Githuku, ed., ed.) (Footprints Press:   2013) p. 238
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A Critique of Rights in Transitional Justice: The African Experience, RETHINKING TRANSITIONS: EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOCIETIES EMERGING FROM CONFLICT (2011) p. 31-45
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Sexual Orientation and Human Rights: Putting Homophobia on Trial, AFRICAN SEXUALITIES (edited by Sylvia Tamale, ed.) (Pambazuka Press: 2011) p. 452-462
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The Transformation of Africa: A Critique of the Rights Discourse, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT (2009)
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Political Parties in Transitions: The Kenyan Experience, POLITICAL SUCCESSION IN EAST AFRICA: IN SEARCH OF A LIMITED LEADERSHIP (C.M. Peter & F. Kopsieker, ed.) (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Kenya office: 2006) p. 109
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African Human Rights Organizations: Questions of Context and Legitimacy, HUMAN RIGHTS, THE RULE OF LAW, AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (P.T. Zeleza & P.J.McConnaughay, ed.) (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2004) p. 191
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Proselytism and Cultural Integrity, FACILITATING FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF: A DESKBOOK (T. Lindholm,W.C. Durham & B.G. Tahzib-Lie, ed.) (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: 2004) p. 651
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The Complexity of Universalism in Human Rights, HUMAN RIGHTS WITH MODESTY: THE PROBLEM OF UNIVERSALISM (A. Sajo, ed.) (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: 2004) p. 51
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The Banjul Charter and the Case for an African Cultural Fingerprint, CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA (A.A. An-Na'im, ed.) (Zed Book: 2002) p. 68
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Breaking the Barriers: Radical Constitutionalism in a New African Century, CONSTITUTIONALISM IN AFRICA: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES, FACING CHALLENGES (Joseph Oloka-Onyango, ed.) (Fountain Publishers: 2001) p. 308
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Human Rights International NGOs: A Critical Evaluation, NGOS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE (2001) p. 151
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Protecting Human Rights in a Global Economy: Challenges for the World Trade Organization, HUMAN RIGHTS IN DEVELOPMENT YEARBOOK (with Robert Howse) (H. Stokke & A. Tostensen, ed.) (Kluwer Law International: 2001) p. 51
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Politics and Human Rights: An Essential Symbiosis, ROLE OF LAW IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (Michael Byers, ed.) (2000) p. 149
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The Construction of the African Human Rights System: Prospects and Pitfalls, REALIZING HUMAN RIGHTS: MOVING FROM INSPIRATION TO IMPACT (Samantha Power and Graham Allison, ed.) (St. Martin's Press: 2000)
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Returning to My Roots: African "Religions" and the State, PROSELYTIZATION AND COMMUNAL SELF-DETERMINATION IN AFRICA (Abdullahi An-Na'im, ed.) (Orbis Books: 1999)
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The Ideology of Human Rights: Toward Post-Liberal Democracy?, LEGITIMATE GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA: INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC LEGAL PERSPECTIVES (Edward Kofi Quashigah and Obiora Chinedu Okafor, ed.) (Kluwer Law International: 1999)
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Limitations on Religious Rights: Problematizing Religious Freedom in the African Context, RELIGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: LEGAL PERSPECTIVES (Johan D. van der Vyver and John Witte, Jr., ed.) (1996) p. 417
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