African Studies


Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies

The “Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies” (TGCL) has been established in 2008 at the Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in close cooperation with the University of Bayreuth.

The TGCL offers aspiring lawyers and law students from the Partner States of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) a structured Master of Laws (LLM) and PhD study programme with the goal of qualifying them for leading positions in the region. Thereby, the centre plays an important role in the qualification of future leaders in East Africa.

The programme is conducted at the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law, in close cooperation with the Institute of African Studies and the Faculty of Law, Business Administration and Economics, University of Bayreuth. The TGCL is one of five centres of excellence established in Africa under the framework of the programme “African Excellence – Fachzentren zur Eliteförderung”, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Foreign Office.

According to its regional focus, the programme concentrates on regional integration law, especially considering the law of the East African Community and of its Partner States. Additional courses in leadership skills, business administration and economics as well as in German language supplement the programme of the TGCL. Furthermore, the centre regularly offers a summer school in Bayreuth and study trips within the East African Community for its students.

The TGCL grants full or partial scholarships which also cover the study fees. Up to now, 40 LLM and five PhD students have successfully completed the programme. Currently, the centre educates ten LLM and ten PhD students.