Dr Idd Ramadhani Mandi

Dr. Idd Ramadhani Mandi is a lecturer at the Department of Public Law. He joined the School in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (2005), Master of Laws (2007) and Ph.D. (Law) (2023) degrees from University of Dar es Salaam. He conducted PhD research in Constitutional Law and submitted a PhD thesis titledApplication of the Principle of Popular Sovereignty in Constitution-Making Processes in Kenya and Tanzania.” Dr. Mandi’s areas of interests are in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Administrative Law and Evidence Law.

Dr. Mandi is also an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. He was called into Bar in 2010. He is a member of Tanganyika Law Society and East Africa Law Society; Bar Associations for Tanzania mainland and East African countries respectively. In 2012, Dr.  Mandi was appointed by the Minister of Constitutional and Legal Affairs to serve as a member of the Secretariat to the Constitutional Review Commission (otherwise known as “the Warioba Commission”). In 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EAC, Regional and International Cooperation appointed Dr Mandi to serve as a member of the Team of Constitutional Experts, which is charged with the responsibility to consult stakeholders and, ultimately, draft the Constitution of the East African Confederation. He is the Rapporteur of the Team. Dr.  Mandi is also a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Tanzania since 2018. He may be contacted through this address:

Dr. Idd R. Mandi,

UDSM School of Law,

P.O. BOX 35093,

Dar es Salaam, The United Republic of Tanzania

Mobile: +255754 854418

             +255715 854418



Dr. Mandi has the following publications:

Book Chapter

 “The State of Constitutionalism and a Bumpy Drive to a New Constitution in Tanzania: Review for the Year 2011” in Alexander Makulilo (ed.), the Annual State of Constitutionalism in East Africa, Fountain Publishers, Kampala, pp.79-145.

Journal Articles

  •  The Procedure of a Trial within a Trial: The Need for a Statutory Intervention, Published in East African Law Review, Combined Issue, Vols 35-40, 2009].
  • Disqualification of Judges in Judicial Proceedings in Tanzania: A Lawyer’s Minefield, published in The Tanzania Lawyer, Vol. 2, Issue No 1, 2008.
  • Observations on the Law and Exercise of Prerogative of Mercy in Tanzania”, in Nyerere Law Journal, Vol.1, 2014.
  • The Uncertainty of Law on the Offence of “Armed Robbery” in Tanzania: Transgression of the Treasured Principle of Legality, in Eastern Africa Law Review, Vol.41, No.1, July 2014, pp.1-51
  • Entrusting a Witch with a Baby: the 2014 Constituent Assembly and the Failure of a Constitution Making-Process in Tanzania. The African Review (published online ahead of print 2023).

Consensus- Building and Popular Participation in Constitution-Making: Lessons from Early Constituent Processes in Tanganyika and Zanzibar, in Eastern Africa Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 2, December, 2022, pp.47-86.

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