Dr James E.M Jesse

James Jesse is a lecturer at the Department of Economic Law. Before joining the University of Dar es Salaam, Dr Jesse worked with the Tanzania Police Force at various positions. Dr Jesse is an experienced educator and practitioner in Human Rights Law, Land Law, Constitutional Law and Media Law. He holds a Bachelor degree (LL. B-1999), University of Dar es Salaam; Master of Laws (LL. M-2002), University of Dar es Salaam; Master of Laws (LL. M-2008), University of Notre Dame USA; and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph. D-2015), University of Dar es Salaam. Dr Jesse is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. He is a member of the Tanganyika Law Society, a Bar association for Tanzania mainland.

Dr Jesse’s positive engagement within and outside the University cannot be more emphasised. He has been supporting Civil Society Organisations in conducting various research and offer trainings. Within the University, since the introduction of a new degree called Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement (BALE) in 2009, Dr Jesse has been actively coordinating it to date. This unique and specialised program equips law enforcers with necessary legal and related skills for the efficient and effective administration of criminal justice. Dr Jesse is also a founding member of Affirmative Action on Gender Equality Network (AGEN) since 2009, and a chairman of the Advisory Board of Tanzania Correctional Training Academy since 2017.

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Dr Jesse has the following notable publications;

Books and Book Chapters

  • Basic Principles of Human Rights and Selected Cases, Theophilus Enterprise Publishing House, 2015.
  • Freedom of Speech for Members of Parliament in Tanzania: An Appraisal of Law and Practice in Light of International Human Rights Law, Law Africa Publishing (K) Ltd, 2009.

Journal Articles

  • The Annual State of Constitutionalism in Tanzania 2014: A Review of the Country’s Constitutional-Making Process, the Annual State of Constitutionalism in East Africa, 2014.
  • The Right of Access to Information as a Human Right: Tanzanian Perspective”, The Law Reformer Journal, Vol. 3 No. 1 of April 2011.
  • The end of Protection from forced Eviction through the Repeal of the Rent Restriction Act in Tanzania   The Tanzania Lawyer, Vol. 2 No. 2 of 2008.
  • International Comparative Analysis of Freedom of Expression: The European and African Human Rights Systems       Journal of African and International Law, Vol. 1 No. 3 of 2008.

Research/Consultancy Reports

  • Internal Assessment of the National Criminal Justice Forum (NCJF), Capacity and Operations United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), January 2018.
  • The United Republic of Tanzania, National Human Rights Action Plan 2013-2017, Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, December 2013.
  • Baseline Study and Capacity Needs Assessment (Parliamentary Support) (under Alpha and Omega Consultant Group Ltd.), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), December 2016.
  • An in-depth accountability review of the Cyber Crime Act, Statistics Act and Access to Information and Media Services bills: stakeholders’ perspective on the law-making process, and implications for CSOs space, Commissioned by Accountability in Tanzania programme (AcT), funded by UKAid from the Department for International Development (DFID), June 2016.

Awards and Honors

Dr Jesse has received the following awards;

  • Award of UDSM SIDA/SAREC PhD Scholarship between 2010 and 2015.
  • Award recipient of the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference (among the 100 Awards) for 2012; championing Women’s Right.
  • Fulbright Scholar, United States of America, Notre Dame University, 2007/2008
  • Best Student (with Summa cum Laude) in Master’s degree, 2008 in International Human Rights Law, Law School- University of Notre Dame (USA).

Best student in Bachelor’s degree, 1999 Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam.