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Areas of Expertise

International Environmental Law, Law and Development, Human Rights, Gender, Jurisprudence


Law, Sustainability & Development, International Environmental Law, Family Law Seminar, Law and Vulnerability, Gender and the Law


Atieno is an international lawyer with degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Nairobi. She is admitted to the New York Bar.  Originally from Kenya, Atieno has worked in several African countries on issues relating to women and children's rights. She has been a MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, researching the role of human rights awareness in promoting transitions to democracy.  She has also served as a consultant for the UNICEF and the World Bank on gender equity and human rights in Africa, and has authored over twenty books on the right to food, health and education which are widely used in UNICEF’s programs.  Her scholarly interests lie in the intersection of law, poverty and development, with a research focus o