Yash Pal Ghai studied law at the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School. He taught at the then University of East Africa, in Dar es Salaam, and was its first African national Dean. He later taught at Yale, and the Universities of Uppsala, Warwick and Hong Kong as well as being visiting professor at several other universities. He has been involved in various capacities in the making of over 20 constitutions, from Papua New Guinea (1975). He chaired the 2000- 2004 phase of constitution making in Kenya. He was co-author of the book still read by Kenyan law students (Ghai & McAuslan, Public Law and Political Change in Kenya (Oxford University Press, 1970). He and Jill Cottrell Ghai spend a good deal of their time working for Katiba Institute on a pro bono basis.