Joyce Aluoch (Nairobi, Kenya)

Joyce Aluoch (Nairobi, Kenya) is an IMI Certified Mediator, Certified Advanced Mediator (CAM), Chartered Mediator (Mediation Institute East Africa), and an Accredited Mediator (CEDR). She is also a co-founder of Aequitas Mediators.

She conducts international mediations, Court annexed mediations (Kenya), FIDA-Kenya (Federation of Women Lawyers) meditations, private mediations and virtual mediations

Joyce has a long and distinguished career as a Court of Appeal and High Court Judge in Kenya, where she also handled ADR matters including informal mediation. She also served internationally as a Judge and Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands.

In her role as a judge in Kenya, she served in two human rights Committees, namely, the UN Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in Geneva (2003-2008), and the International Tribunal for War Affected Children.   She also established and chaired the first African Union Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (2001-2005). As the Chair of the Committee, she undertook a ten-day peace reconciliation mission to the northern Uganda (Kitgum), at the height of the war by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), against the government of Uganda. Through her negotiation skills, the LRA released some children whom she received and reintegrated back to society.

Joyce is a member of several ADR organizations, including Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-London and the Kenya branch, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Dutch Arbitration Association, Arbitral Women Organization, African Arbitration Association, and Nairobi International Centre for Arbitration, where she also serves in the mediation panel,

She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (GMAP), from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University where she was honored as a distinguished alumna, and again in 2018, she received the University’s top award, only granted to those who have carried the University’s ideals throughout their career. This made her the first black individual to receive such an honor.

She is a law graduate from the University of Nairobi, and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.