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

German Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank Walter Steinmeier visits the TGCL, 25 March 2014

In the course of his recent official trip to Africa, German Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a visit to the University of Dar es Salaam and the TGCL on 25 March 2014. He was welcomed by Hon. Bernard K. Membe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, and by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Rwekaza S. Mukandala. Dr. Steinmeier delivered a lecture on “50 Years of German-Tanzanian Bilateral Relationship” to A huge number of academics from the University including TGCL students and alumni.


“I want to thank you for this invitation. I am honored to be a guest at this prestigious institution of learning. And I am especially glad to meet the students at the Tanzanian-German Centre for East African Legal Studies”, Dr Steinmeier commented on his visit.

In his speech, he pointed out the importance of regional integration processes and international cooperation. Dr Steinmeier highlighted Germany’s interest in sustainable integration processes supporting the cooperation between Europe, Africa and other parts of the world. Such regional integration endeavours as well international cooperation are a key in solving global problems such as migration, terrorism and climate protection, the Minister said. Furthermore, he underlined the role of the TGCL students and alumni as the future leaders in East Africa in analysing and developing the law of the East African Community.


“I am glad that an institution like the Tanzanian-German Law Centre is training the future leaders for these tasks – not only as students of law, but also as friends and partners across the East African countries and towards Europe. I am proud that the German Academic Exchange Service and the German University of Bayreuth are partners in this endeavour.”

The TGCL was established in 2008 as a cooperation project of the Universities of Dar es Salaam and Bayreuth. Up to now, 83 students were admitted to the LLM and PhD study programmes. All of them 

received scholarships. The centre is funded within the programme “African Excellence” of the German Foreign Office and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).