Elder of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.)
On the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of Kenya’s independence, December 12, 2015, HE President Uhuru Kenyatta, awarded The Hon. Mr. Justice Alnashir Visram, Judge of The Kenya Court of Appeal, with the 2nd highest national award, Elder of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.) in recognition of distinguished services to the nation.
Justice Visram, a resident of Kenya, went to law school at the University of Nairobi and the University of British Columbia, Canada and then obtained a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Nairobi. He was appointed a judge of the High Court of Kenya in 1999; elevated to the Court of Appeal, then the highest court in Kenya, and in 2011 was one of the official nominees of the President for the position of Chief Justice of Kenya. Justice Visram has presided over several landmark cases, rendering at least six historic judgments that broke new ground in legal jurisprudence in Kenya. He has presented several academic papers around the world.
More recently, Justice Visram led a bench of three Judges presiding at the newly established Court of Appeal at Nyeri, Kenya, hearing and determining 379 appeal cases over a period of two years, eradicating completely the backlog of cases going back to 10 years. The Court of Appeal at Nyeri is now hearing appeals in real time.
Justice Visram has held several leadership positions within the Judiciary and is presently the Head of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal, Chair of the Judiciary’s Rules Committee, and Chair of the Mediation Accreditation Committee.
Justice Visram has been the CEO of AKF, Kenya; and Manager of Resource Development at the Aga Khan University (AKU), Pakistan. He has served as the President of the Ismaili Council for Nairobi; Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board, Kenya; and was recently appointed by His Highness the Aga Khan as member of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB).
He has worked and lived in three continents, across several diverse cultures, and speaks English, Kiswahili, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu. He is married with two children, one of whom is a lawyer.
Ismailimail – adapted via AllAfrica