Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo recognized the importance of freedom of expression as an avenue through which one can advocate for peace. In his spirit, the students of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution honored Betty Kaari Murungi, who embodies Cardozo’s passion through her work in international conflict resolution.
Betty Kaari Murungi is a lawyer by profession with extensive experience in the human rights of women, gender, constitutionalism and governance. Since 2001, she has served as Director of the Urgent Action Fund-Africa. She has also served as legal advisor to the Women’s Human Rights Program at Rights and Democracy, Montreal, Canada. As a member of the NGO Coalition, Ms. Murungi has advocated for the inclusion of a gender perspective in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and in the work of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2003, she was the recipient of Kenya’s national honor, The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear, for her work in human rights.