Leadership: Deans Office

The School’s administration is under the office of the Dean. The Dean is overseeing the entire Schools activities. According to the University of Dar es Salaam Charter, 2007, the Dean is the head of academic and administration in the School. Specifically, Dean is responsible to;

  • Engaging faculty, staff and students in discussions of all vital School issues and assuring a positive, high-quality working environment.
  • Coordinate all departments, centres and units in the School.
  • Convening strategic intellectual discussions about future academic directions of the School and its centres.
  • To ensure the improved welfare of the School, its staff and students.
  • Playing a key oversight role in all programs, reviews and processes that are important for continuous improvement of the School’s activities.

The Current Dean 2021/22 - 2023/24

Dr. Dr. S.F. Materu

Sosteness Francis Materu is the Dean of the School and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economic Law. He served as Associate Dean from 2019 to 2021 and Head of Public Law Department from 2016 to 2019. He joined the School (then Faculty of Law) in 2009. Before this appointment, Dr Materu worked as an Assistant Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from August 2008 to September 2009. Dr Materu has a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL. B (Hons)-2008) from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Master of Laws Degree (LL.M (Cum Laude)-2011) from University of the Western Cape, South Africa; and a Doctor of Laws Degree (Dr. Iuris (Summa Cum Laude-2014) from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. In 2016, Dr Materu received a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania, thereby becoming an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. He is a member of the Tanganyika Law Society. Dr Materu’s areas of interests are international criminal law, transitional justice, international humanitarian law and anti-money laundering law.

Dr Materu has held several administrative and advisory positions within the University. He has been Head of the Public Law Department and Coordinator of Master of Laws in Procedural Law and International Legal Practice program (2015-2021). He has also been appointed a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) for two terms i.e. 2015-2018 and 2019-2022. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr Materu has been a visiting scholar at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and an External Examiner of Ruaha Catholic University (RUCU) in Tanzania

Past Deans

Below is the list of our former Deans;


Prof. Arthur Brian Weston

1961 - 1968


Prof. Y. Ghai

1968 – 1970


D. Bishota                 



Justice P.L.V. Cross

1970 – 1974


Prof. J.L. Kanywanyi

1974 – 1979


Prof. G.M. Fimbo

1979 – 1982


Prof. Costa Mahalu

1985 – 1991


Prof. Zebron S. Gondwe

1994 – 1997


Dr Wilbert B. L. Kapinga



Dr Sengondo E. A. Mvungi

1998 – 2003


Prof. Ibrahim H. Juma

2003 – 2006


Prof.  Sifuni E.Mchome

2006 – 2009


Prof. P.J. Kabudi

2009 – 2012



Prof. B.I. Rutinwa

Prof. H.I.Majamba

2012 – 2015

2015 - 2021

Administration Office


Administrative officers assist the Dean in running the day to day activities of the School. Currently, the School has two senior Administrative officers.

Ms Consolatha Lyimo

Consolatha William Lyimo is a Senior Administrative Officer I at the School. Before joining the University, she was working at Arusha Municipal Council. She joined the School in February 2007. Working under the Dean’s office, Mrs Lyimo is the head of all administration activities within the School. She engages positively both with administrative and academic staff to ensure the smooth operation of School’s daily activities.

Mrs Lyimo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of Dar es Salaam in 2002. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from the same University. Further, in 2006, she received a Certificate in International Development Studies from Oslo University, Norway.

Mrs Lyimo may be contacted

     Published Article

Mrs Lyimo has the following publication

  • Community Awareness on Water Pollution and its Relationship to Health Development in urban Tanzania, Tanzania Journal of Development Studies, 2007.


Mr Pakson Gabriel 

Senior Administrative Officer


Other Offices under the Dean’s Office

There are several other offices which assist the Dean in his day to day activities. These offices are;

The Examination Office 

The Office of the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of the Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies

The Office of the Timetable Coordinator 

The Office of Quality Assurance