Introduction to Law and Ethics – KASNEB Syllabus



This paper is intended to equip the candidate with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to apply general principles of law and uphold ethics in various operating environments.


A candidate who passes this paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of essential elements of the legal system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal personality
  • Apply general principles of law in practice
  • Uphold ethical and moral principles in various


Nature, purpose and classification of law

  • Meaning of law
  • Nature of law
  • Purpose of law
  • Classification of law
  • Law and morality

Sources of law

  • Constitution
  • Legislation
  • Common law and equity
  • African customary law
  • Islamic law
  • Judicial precedent

The court system

  • Establishment, structure, composition and jurisdiction of the courts
  • Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • High Court
  • Employment and Labour Relations Court
  • Magistrates Court
  • Court Martial
  • Kadhi’s Court

The law of persons

  • Natural persons
  • Nationality, citizenship and domicile
  • Artificial persons
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Incorporated association

The law of torts

  • Nature of tort
  • General defenses in the law of tort
  • Negligence
  • Defamation
  • Limitation of actions

The law of contract

  • Definition of contract
  • Classification of contracts
  • Formation of a contract
  • Discharge of contract
  • Remedies for breach of contract
  • Limitation of actions

Sale of goods

  • Nature of the contract
  • Formation of a contract
  • Terms of a contract
  • Rights and duties of the parties

Legal requirements for starting a business

  • Pre-registration procedures
  • Registration requirements
  • Licensing
  • Other requirements; County Government requirements

Foundations of Ethics

  • Ethical norms, morality, values and ethical culture
  • Code of ethics; integrity, confidentiality, independence, others
  • Standards of conduct and personal integrity
  • Conflict of Interest and Related Party Transactions
  • Whistle blowing

Linking ethics, laws and regulations

  • Legislative provisions on ethical conduct; The Constitution, Public Officers Ethics Act, other legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Role of kasneb, professional bodies and other regulatory bodies in enforcing ethical conduct
  • Penalties and sanctions for unethical conduct

Emerging issues and trends

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