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Donald Deya

CEO, Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) - TANZANIA

Don Deya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU). Among other things, he chairs the Executive Committees of the Pan African Citizens’ Network (PACIN, formerly known as the Centre for Citizens' Participation in the African Union [CCP AU]), International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC). He is a current Steering Committee member (and former Chair) of the African Court Coalition (ACC), and is also a former Secretary of the African Forum of the International Bar Association (AfrIBA). He is also a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE).

He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and was previously the CEO of the East Africa Law Society (EALS), and, before that, Acting Executive Director of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya), and, preceding that, Deputy CEO of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). While at the EALS, he founded the East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF).

He litigates extensively at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), and the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). He has engaged in advocacy with several organs and institutions of the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (AfDB), African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), amongst others. He also engages the United Nations (UN) system, and the International Criminal Court (ICC).