Prof. Kennedy Gaston

Prof. Gastorn is a seasoned legal researcher and scholar and a practitioner of public international law. He holds the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from University of Dar es Salaam as well as a Doctor juris (Dr. jur) of the University of Bayreuth. He has attended several academic and professional trainings, and received numerous academic awards and honours including the Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the State University of New York, Buffalo Law School, New York, USA, (2014-2015).


He is currently the Secretary General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), an Intergovernmental Organization based in New Delhi, India with a Permanent Observer status at the United Nations. AALCO is an advisory body and a forum for consultation to its Member States from Africa and Asia in matters of International Law. It is mandated to consider matters before the UN International Law Commission, and communicates the views of organization on matters of international law to the United Nations and other institutions and international organizations. In that capacity, he also oversees the work AALCO’s Regional Commercial Arbitration Centres in Kuala Lumpur, Tehran, Cairo, Lagos and Nairobi.


He is also the Honorary Fellow, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AiADR), Kuala Lumpur; Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and Subordinate Courts thereto except Primary Courts, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public; and Visiting Professor, China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS) of Wuhan University, China. He holds professional memberships in: African Law Association, East African Law Society, Tanganyika Law Society and Indian Society of International Law.


Before his current tenure, he once served as the Director of Internationalization of the University of Dar es Salaam; Head of the Department of Public Law of the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law, University of Dar es Salaam; Associate Dean for Administration and Public Affairs, University of Dar es Salaam School of Law; Co-Founder and Coordinator, Tanzanian German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL); Chairperson of the Legal Aid Committee of the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law. He was also a Member of the National Environmental Advisory Committee in the Vice President’s Office United Republic of Tanzania; Legal Expert in Admiralty/Maritime Law in the Indian Ocean Maritime Security Project (MASE) of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) representing Tanzania; National Coordinator of the Development Partners’ Basket Fund for Legal Sector Reform Working Group at the Canadian High Commission for Tanzania, supporting the Legal Sector Reform Programme (LSRP) under the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs (MoCLA); and a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Office of MdB Hartwig Fischer, CDU/CSU, Bundestag, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany.


In his legal practice, he was appointed as Amicus Curiae of the Court of Appeal of Tanzania (Civil Appeal No. 41 of 2010 - Jackson Ole Nemeteni @ Ole Saibul @ Mjomba Mjomba and 19 Others (Appellants) v. The Attorney General (Respondent)).


He has been involved in several national and international consultancies, and has extensively published in various areas of law. His publications in last four years include:


  • Engagement of the Asian and African Nations in the WTO: An Assessment of the Buenos Aires Ministerial Meeting”, THE AFRICAN REVIEW Vol. 46, No.1, June 2019.
  • “Enhancing the Regulatory Autonomy against Unconscionable Stabilization Clauses in the Extractive Sector Development Agreements in Tanzania” (submitted).
  • “The Incompatibility of EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the WTO Rules and Regional Trade Facilitation Policies” (submitted).
  • “Application of the UN Charter on Use of Force by and Against Non-State Actors: With Reflections from Africa and Asia”, EAST AFRICAN LAW REVIEW, Vol. 43 (2), 2016 [published in 2018], 1-48.
  • ‘The Legal Status of Intergenerational Equity on Clan Lands in Mainland Tanzania’, TANZANIA JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, Vol. 16 No. 1, 2018; 1-19.
  • “Defining the Imprecise Contours of Jus Cogens in International Law”, 16 CHINESE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2017), 643–662.
  • “The EAC Common Market” (with Wanyama Masinde), in Ugirashebuja, E. (et al, eds), 2017, EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAW: INSTITUTIONAL, SUBSTANTIVE AND COMPARATIVE EU ASPECTS, Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 285-292.
  • “Freedom of Establishment and the Freedom to Provide Services in the EAC”, in Ugirashebuja, E. (et al, eds), 2017, EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAW: INSTITUTIONAL, SUBSTANTIVE AND COMPARATIVE EU ASPECTS, Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 365-375.
  • “The Belt and Road Initiative and the International Law”, JOURNAL OF BOUNDARY AND OCEAN STUDIES, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2017, 5-14.
  • “Legal Analysis of Public Private Partnerships in Tanzania: The Trends in the East African Community, UNCITRAL and the Global Best Practices on Unsolicited Proposals,” JOURNAL OF AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, 2016.
  • “Access to Justice and Inevitable Reforms to the Civil Justice System: Reflections on Case Management and Legal Aid in Tanzania”, LST LAW REVIEW JOURNAL, 2016.
  • “The Emerging Constitutional Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights in Tanzania”; JOURNAL OF LAW, PROPERTY AND SOCIETY, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 2016:2:181-221.
  • ESSAYS IN EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAW, 2016, Public Law Department, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam (Book).