Prof.Saudin Jacob Mwakaje

Prof. Saudin Jacob Mwakaje is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Law, University of Dar es Salaam since 2002. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Dar es Salaam (2012), Master of Laws (LL.M) in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology, (2003) from Franklin Pierce Law Centre, University of New Hampshire, USA, Master of Laws (LL.M) (2002) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) (2000) degrees from University of Dar es Salaam. His research areas are focused on legal and policy issues related to intellectual property rights and public and private investments. He has extensively advised the Government of Tanzania, regional and international organization such as the East African Community (EAC), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Trade Organization (WTO), and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is also an Advocate admitted to practice in Tanzania Mainland and Tanzania Zanzibar. Since December 2017 he has been serving as a Chief Corporate Counsel and Secretary to Council at the University of Dar es salaam.

Prof. Saudin Jacob Mwakaje is a Member of:-

  • Tanganyika Law Society (TLS)
  • East Africa Law Society (EALS)
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member to the Africa Global Advisory Council to the President of International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member to the National Steering Committee for the Formulation of National Intellectual Property Strategy for Tanzania


Prof. Saudin J. Mwakaje,

UDSM School of Law,

P.O. BOX 35093,

Dar es Salaam, The United Republic of Tanzania

Mobile: +255754-300132

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ORCID: 0000-0001-6181-2801




PETER, C. M., & MWAKAJE, S. J., 2004. Investments in Tanzania: Some Comments –Some Issues.Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Department of International Law University of Dar es Salaam.



MWAKAJE, S. J., & MKUMBUKWA, N. S., 2022. “The New Arbitration Law in Tanzania: An Appraisal of its Salient Features and Implications for Investment Disputes Settlement,” Journal of International Arbitration (JOIA), Vol. 39 (1): 129-162.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2021. “Accession by Tanzania to the Marrakesh Treaty on Access to Publications for Visually Impaired Persons: Policy and Legal Implications,” The African Review, 48(1): 215-238. DOI:


PETER, C. M., & MWAKAJE, S. J., 2021. “Public Participation and the Adoption of Investment Codes:Observation of the Mixed Practice from Tanzania,” in Eric De Brabandere, Tarcisio Gazzini, and AvidanKent (Eds). Public Participation and Foreign Investment Law: From the Creation of Rights and Obligations to the Settlement of Disputes, Leiden|Boston, Brill | Nijhoff: pp 148-174.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2020. “Access to Educational Publications and the Copyright Law in Tanzania: Revisiting the Underlying Opposing Interests,” Journal of Education, Humanities and Sciences (JEHS), Vol. 9 (1): pp. 72-91.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2019. “Duality of Investment Regulatory Regimes in Tanzania - An Appraisal of the Legal and Practical Challenges,” Zanzibar Yearbook of Law (ZYBL), Vol. 9: pp. 97-120.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2018. “Fair Use under Copyright Law: Theoretical Basis and Enforcement Approaches in Selected East Africa States,” East African Law Review (EALR). Vol. 45 (2): pp. 1-39.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2007. “Copyright Law in Tanzania: Some of the Issues you need to Know,” The TanzaniaLawyer, Vol. 1(2).


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2005. “Reconciling Humanitarian Intervention and State Sovereignty: Recalling the Invasion in Uganda by Tanzania,” University of Nairobi Law Journal, Vol. 3(1).



MWAKAJE, S. J., 2012. “Regulatory Frameworks of Intellectual Property Products: The Case ofUniversity Research and patents Law in Tanzania,” PhD Thesis, University of Dar es Salaam.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2002. “The Law Relating to Capacity of Children to Contract in Tanzania: The Conflict between the Provisions of the Law of Contract Ordinance Cap 433 and Other Pieces of Legislation,” LL.M Dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.


MWAKAJE, S. J., 2000. “Protection of Human Rights in Tanzania: Balancing between Interests of State and Individuals,” LL. B Dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.





A Baseline Survey on the Prevalence and Preference of Counterfeits in Tanzania Market, Client: Fair Competition Commission (FCC), Tanzania. The survey presents key findings on the important interventions which FCC may adopt to protect consumers from Counterfeit products, Submitted on September 2021.


Report on the Analysis of the Benefits for Tanzania of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area. Ministry of Trade and Industries, July 2018.


Public Private Partnership Viability Study - Legal and Regulatory Review, Legal Adviser to Deloitte Touché for the World Bank Project, April to September 2017.


Lead Consultant: Review of The Impact of East African Common Market Protocol to the Enforcement of Trademarks Rights in East Africa. June 2011 – September 2011.


Report on Intellectual Property Rights System and Research Management in the Higher LearningInstitutions in TanzaniaTanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), Dar es Salaam, 2010.


Report on Review of the Laws that Affects Trade in Services in Tanzania. This Project was under the SADC and was funded by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), June 2006.


National Study on the Effective Use of Intellectual Property in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Tanzania, WIPO Development Agenda Project. Client: WIPO: September to November 2011.




Prof. Mwakaje is a beneficiary of the following scholarships:


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country – Scholarship,  2006 to pursue Ph.D. inLaw at the University of Dar es Salaam.


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Fellowship2003, awarded to pursue Masters of Law (LL.M) in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology, Franklin Piece Law Center, Concord,New Hampshire, USA.


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