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Center for Animal Law Studies

Rodah Ogoma

Nairobi, Kenya

Animal Law LLM ’18

Rodah Ogoma is a recipient of our International Advocates Animal Law LLM Scholarship. Rodah has been involved in criminal justice in Kenya since 2001. Currently, she is on leave from her position as head of the Wildlife Crimes Prosecution Division in Kenya’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). The Wildlife Crimes Division is also responsible for domestic animal prosecutions under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. In her role at ODPP, Rodah has been at the forefront of Wildlife Conservation in Kenya where she contributed to the review and amendment of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act and the establishment of a multi-agency forum for wildlife protection with its roadmap and curriculum for capacity building. She championed the development of a Wildlife Crimes Rapid Reference Guide for Prosecutors and Investigators alongside the Standard Operating Procedures. She has also been instrumental in supporting the wildlife protection conversation in the East Africa Region (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania Uganda, and South Sudan) and in Botswana through awareness creation and capacity building.

In 2016, she served as Legal Adviser to the Head of Delegation of Kenya to the Conference of Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of World Fauna and Flora (CITES). She represented various countries and NGOs in moving a proposal to heighten efforts in the fight against Wildlife Cybercrime and also served on the challenging Committee on the National Legislation Process. 

Rodah’s passion has always been criminal justice and she began her career in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Nairobi and later relocated to the ODDP. Through her position in the ODPP, Rodah saw that not enough was being done with regard to the welfare of animals in terms of their basic needs and decided to pursue the study of Animal Law. 

“With the benefit of learning and the instruction received from Lewis and Clark, I hope to impact the animal welfare movement within the structures of government in Kenya, from the vantage point of my work connections. I do not intend to ‘burn her candle under the table’- I plan to impact the East African region and friends of Kenya through sharing the knowledge learnt and the importance of keeping the conversation alive until change happens.”