Christine Alai heads Physicians for Human Rights Kenya office, where she oversees the advancement of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. She leads strategic advocacy, research, litigation and capacity development programs to strengthen collection of forensic evidence and influence collaboration among health, law enforcement, legal and judicial actors with the goal of enhancing accountability for sexual violence in Kenya.
Alai has devoted her career to supporting the promotion of human rights, with a special interest in gender equality and transitional justice. She was a Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center between 2012 and 2013, focusing her thesis on accountability and reparations for sexual violence crimes committed in Kenya during the 2007 to 2008 post-election crisis. Prior to joining PHR, Alai served as interim head of office and program associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Kenya Office, where she steered technical assistance programs to support truth-seeking, accountability, institutional reforms, and reparations for systemic human rights violations and mass atrocities. Alai has also worked with the government-established Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the non-governmental Kenya Human Rights Commission, and the 2005 Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.
Alai holds an LL.M in international legal studies from Georgetown University, a post-graduate diploma in legal studies from the Kenya School of Law, and an LL.B from the University of Nairobi.