Letter from the Editor-in-chief

As we continue to cater to the needs of our readership within and beyond the Commonwealth, our mission remains resolute— to offer a platform for an informed and critical discussion on integral national values and principles of governance. Yet, in this endeavour, we still address the topical issues that underlie modern society: the convergence of emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property, Economics and Finance and their transformative implications across various areas of interest.

In determining the impact of these novel areas on the fabric of our society, this issue explores, for instance, the impact of AI-driven innovations on various institutional frameworks and governance structures.

We explore the ever-evolving landscape of copyright, patents as well as trademarks which are important because the protection of intellectual property rights fosters innovation in the technological landscape, safeguards artistic expressions, empowers social media content creators, and stimulates entrepreneurial endeavours, fuelling economic growth.

The analysis of recent Kenyan legislation related to finance, for instance, uncovers the influence of economic policies on ease of doing business, how financial regulations shape or break markets and how legal frameworks foster inclusive economic growth, uplifting or leaving some behind.

The Platform stands at the forefront, guiding you through the uncharted terrain where the Fourth Industrial Revolution and diverse areas of interest meet. With unflinching commitment, we strive to empower you with the knowledge that unlocks the true potential of technology, fosters innovation, and drives positive change across a myriad of fields while still entrenching the rule of law and democratic principles.

As you embark on this issue, we thank you for your continued support and loyalty to our publication. Please read and enjoy!

Gitobu Imanyara

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Hon. Gitobu Imanyara is a Kenyan Advocate and journalist with over 40 years of experience in the field of law and journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honors from the University of Nairobi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Ken-ya School of Law. He is also a graduate with a Master of Laws in International Criminal Justice from Strathmore University. Mr. Imanyara has extensive experience practicing as an Advocate at both trial and appellate levels in both criminal and civil matters and court martial in Kenya. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Imanyara is also a prominent figure in the field of journalism. He is the Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Nairobi Law Monthly from 1987 to 2003 and The Platform for Law, Justice & Society Magazine from December 2014 to date. He has also served as an International Board Member of Article 19 and a member of the International Advisory Editorial Board of Human Rights Quarterly. Mr. Imanyara has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of freedom and democracy, including the Prize for Freedom from Liberal International, the Golden Pen of Freedom from the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, and the Human Rights Award from the International Human Rights Law Group. He also served as a Member of Parliament for Central Imenti Constituency from 1997-2002 and 2007-2012, and as a Member and Kenya Delegation Leader of the Pan African Parliament from 2007-2012. He has also served as International Board Member of the London based Article 19. Hon. Gitobu is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of The Platform for Law, Justice & Society.