E C Sainna

Elsy is the Executive Director of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya).  

She possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in public international law, human rights, gender studies, constitutional, policy, and legal reform. Her over twelve years of work experience have included legal research, writing on comparative jurisprudence, and advocacy initiatives geared towards improving the rule of law, human rights, governance systems, and the administration of justice in Kenya and the region.

Elsy is a member of the General Assembly of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), Geneva, Switzerland, and OMCT’s Torture and Terrorism Working Group, representing sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, she previously served as Vice-Chair of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) and is a nominated Member of the African Judges and Jurist Forum ( AJJF), both based in Kampala, Uganda. She is also a member of the Election Committee of the African  Network of Constitutional Lawyers ( ANCL), Cape Town, South Africa.

Elsy is a fellow and recipient of the prestigious Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) award from the  George Town University Law Center (GULC) and also a fellow of the Beyond Your Edge (BYE) program, a leadership forum based in Nairobi, Kenya.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) with distinction in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA. She earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and a post-graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.