African Studies


Law with regard to Africa is represented, both in research and in teaching, by an extraordinary professorship. The areas covered include private law, comparative law, legal sociology and legal anthropology. Major research areas are family and inheritance law, and land law, areas that are strongly characterised by legal pluralism: multifarious customary and religious laws exist alongside state law, with many forms of mutual influence and mixing as a result. Superimposed on this pluralistic situation are the human rights catalogues contained in international and regional conventions, as well as in national constitutions. The modes of interaction between these different sources of law and legal subsystems, and their results in respect of family and inheritance law, and land law, are examined in selected African countries.

Furthermore, the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) is run as a cooperation project of the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law and the University of Bayreuth. It is sponsored by the German Foreign Office and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In this Centre, legal Master and PhD programmes are conducted to train future leaders in East Africa. The focus of the study programme is on the law of regional integration, with special emphasis on the law of the East African Community (EAC). Flanking this is a vivid academic exchange, under the roof of the TGCL, between the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law and the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics of the University of Bayreuth.