The TGCL arose out of long-standing Tanzanian-German research cooperation in law between the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Bayreuth. It was on the basis of this mature and firmly established Tanzanian-German relationship that the idea of a postgraduate study programme in law was developed, motivated by a determination to maintain the connection.
University of Dar es Salaam
In 1970 the former University of East Africa was divided into three independent institutions: The University of Dar es Salaam, the University of Nairobi and Makerere University in Kampala. The University of Dar es Salaam is the oldest and biggest institution of tertiary education in Tanzania, with almost 20,000 students. The university has ten faculties, with the main focus on economics, law, arts and social sciences.
University of Dar es Salaam School of Law
The Faculty of Law of the then University of East Africa was founded in 1961 with the aim of educating lawyers for the closely cooperating East African countries of Kenya, Tanganyika/Zanzibar and Uganda. Today the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law has students from East Africa and beyond.
The School of Law, with about 1,500 students, one third of whom are postgraduates, is divided into three departments (Public Law, Private Law and Economic Law) with about 60 academic Staff members.
It is the goal of the School of Law to promote excellence in basic and applied research in specialised areas of legal science.
University of Bayreuth
The University of Bayreuth is situated in the state of Bavaria in Germany. It was founded in 1975. Since then, the university has developed a dense network of international university partnerships and joint research projects.
Research related to law in Africa dates back to the early 1980s at the University of Bayreuth. Academic activities have included legal research within several interdisciplinary collaborative research programmes. Over the years close contacts with a number of African legal academics and their institutions have been established. Moreover, African and German lawyers have produced their doctoral and habilitation theses on law relating to Africa at the University of Bayreuth.
University of Bayreuth Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
In this faculty, law, business, economics and health economy are combined under one roof. Interdisciplinary research is carried out on central issues relating to law, the economy, society and the state. The faculty is actively involved in research conducted within the research profiles "Innovation and Consumer Protection" and "Governance and Responsibility" at the University of Bayreuth.
University of Bayreuth Institute of African Studies
The Institute of African Studies (IAS), founded in 1990, is an academic institution which promotes and coordinates Africa-related research and teaching. The IAS reflects a long history of inter- and multidisciplinary research and cooperation among its members who originate from different faculties. More than 100 junior and senior scholars are currently conducting research in more than a dozen disciplines. The Institute also coordinates cross-faculty training for young researchers in Africa-related disciplines and has active relationships with many African universities.