Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies
at the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law in cooperation with the University of Bayreuth

About the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL)

The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) was established at the School of Law of the University of Dar es Salaam in 2008. It is a joint project of the Universities of Bayreuth and Dar es Salaam.

The TGCL is one of five centres of excellence established in Africa under the programme “African Excellence, Fachzentren in Afrika”, funded by the German Foreign Office through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The TGCL offers aspiring lawyers and law students from the Partner States of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and other Eastern African countries highly specialised Master of Laws (LLM) and PhD study programmes. TGCL graduates are qualified to take over leading positions in the region in the fields of law, economy, culture, politics and administration, in national as well as in regional and international organisations.

Against the backdrop of increasing globalisation and regionalisation, our centre provides new, interdisciplinary educational approaches that unite theory and practice. The courses offered focus on regional integration law with aspects relating to the East African Community play a prominent role. Furthermore, the programme gives students insights into German law and European Union law. In addition, the students are trained in Transferable Academic Skills to support them at strategic points of their research.

An important role is played by the TGCL Student Adviser who counsels students on individual career planning and enhances their leadership skills.

Each year, the TGCL students undertake a study trip to the capital of one of the five EAC Partner States, combined with visits to various legal and other institutions. In addition, each student is offered participation to the Autumn University in Germany, where they take part in advanced courses on the law of the European Union.

Specially organised academic conferences bring leading scholars and legal practitioners together for a fruitful exchange of opinions, ideas and experience.

Up to now, 74 LLM students and 23 PhD students have joined the programme.