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

    Project Partner: University of Dar es Salaam
    at Mikocheni Campus
    Network Partner: University of Bayreuth

    Study Programme and Goal

    The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) offers structured and highly specialised LLM and PhD programmes to aspiring lawyers from all Partner States of the East African Community and beyond to qualify them for leading positions in the region. The thematic focus of the TGCL is on regional integration law with a special emphasis on the law of the East African Community. Consequently, the centre is one of the key institutions in the training of future leaders in East Africa. The programmes are 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 and Economics, University of Bayreuth.

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

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

    Up to now, 131 LLM students and 27 PhD students have joined the programme.


    We promote teaching and research in the fields of regional integration and East African Community law. We offer Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programmes. We have regularly provided scholarships for students from all six EAC Partner States, namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Since 2008, we have awarded more than 150 scholarships for the LLM and PhD programmes.

    Our primary aim is to give law students from Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) a sound training in regional integration and east African law. We have a long-term goal of preparing future decision makers who will assume national, regional and international leadership positions.

    Our research focus is on regional integration and East African Community law. Through our programmes, students acquire knowledge of the broad concept of regional integration and of the structures and functioning of the EAC and its institutions. The students are also offered comparative perspectives by studying selected legal aspects of other regional economic communities in Africa and beyond.

    Regional integration has a crucial significance in the political, social, and most importantly, economic development of the EAC Partner States. We envision a healthy and successful EAC full of opportunities for citizens of the Partner States with a good knowledge of regional integration and Community law. This will create and nurture a conducive atmosphere for thriving trade, investments, production and positive competition within the Partner States and the region at large.

    Our major achievement is our successful postgraduate studies programme. TGCL alumni have assumed leadership positions in various national, regional and international institutions. Our alumni are now playing active leadership roles as judges, university lecturers, and in different government and private sector institutions.

    Another remarkable area of achievement is research. Since 2008, we have conducted at least two international conferences and workshops every year on diverse issues related to regional integration and East African Community law. We have published a considerable number of books, including conference volumes in the TGCL series and monographs in the TGCL Research Series.

    Through all these activities, the TGCL has fostered a continuing cultural dialogue between East Africa and Europe, especially Germany.

    Our success would not have been possible had it not been for the enormous and constant support of our sponsors. From its inception, TGCL has been sponsored by the German Foreign Office through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

    Focus Month Regional Integration on the Blog of African Legal Studies

    TGCL and the Chair of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth dedicate a specific topic to each month of the year on their…

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    Call for Applications for the Academic Year 2021/22

    The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) has published a Call for Applications for its LLM programme with a focus on EAC and…

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    Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Regional Integration in Dar es Salaam

    The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) recently hosted an international interdisciplinary Research Workshop in Dar es Salaam. This workshop marked the start…

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    Call for Applications for the Academic Year 2018/19

    The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) has published a Call for Applications for its LLM programme with a focus on EAC and Regional Integration…

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    TGCL Welcomes New LLM and PhD Students

    The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) inaugurated its new academic year 2016/17 with a formal opening ceremony on 3 October 2016. At…

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    Call for Applications 2017/2018

    The TGCL has now launched its call for applications for the academic year 2017/18. Please click here for the application form.

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    TGCL Autumn University 2016

    This year, as in previous years, a group of East African master’s and PhD students of law from the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal…

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    Visit of Members of the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies to the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

    On Monday, 12 September 2016, members of the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies visited the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice at…

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    The TGCL Team at DAAD Berlin.

    The TGCL Student Class 2019/2020.

    An Alumni Meeting in Kenya.

    TGCL Alumni at the Mikocheni Campus.

    Study Trip to Kigali, Rwanda in 2018.

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