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Leakey, Kyela


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Dr Kyela Leakey joined the Law School in November 2023.

She was born and raised in Kenya and has a BA in law from Pembroke College, Cambridge (2001), an LLM from University College London (2003) and a PhD from Queen Mary University of London (2012). She is a Barrister (called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Middle Temple in 2005). 

Dr Leakey was a Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Glasgow from 2013 until 2018. From 2019 until 2023 she worked exclusively on a freelance basis as a law and policy consultant. For twenty years she has specialised in judicial integrity, court governance and corruption in judicial systems, and has extensive experience in fields related to anti-corruption and good governance. She has advised and conducted research for Transparency International, the International Bar Association and the Council of Europe. Her expertise is as a comparative analyst of judicial independence, accountability and integrity, and in particular: judicial leadership and court governance; judicial discipline and misconduct; the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption in relation to the judiciary and law enforcement; and the trends and practices associated with specialised anti-corruption courts and judges. Dr Leakey continues to take on consulting work, and you can find out more about that here.



Dr Leakey is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and teaches Public Law and EU Law. 


Dr Leakey is the Athena Swan Submission Lead for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.  More information about the gender equality work of the school is available here

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions