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.
Dr Materu has published in his areas of specializations. Some of those publications are:
Books and Book Chapters
- S.F. Materu, “A Strained Relationship: Reflections on The African Union’s Stand Towards the International Criminal Court from The Kenyan Perspective” In G. Werle, L Fernandez and M. Vormbaum Africa and the International Criminal Court T.M.C Asser Press, The Hague, Netherlands, 2014.
- S.F. Materu, The Post-Election Violence in Kenya: Domestic and International Legal Responses, T.M.C Asser Press, The Hague, Netherlands, 2015.
- S.F Materu and L. Mussa, “A Survey of The Policy and Legal Framework for Oil and Gas in Tanzania Prior To 2015” in O.L Kweka and H.I. Majamba (Eds.) Scientific, Legal and Socio-economic Aspects of Oil and Gas in Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam 2018, pp. 23-38.
- F. Njue and S. F Materu “Legal, Practical and Policy Dilemmas in Enforcing the Sexual Offences Act of Kenya in relation to Consensual Adolescent Sex” 65(2) Journal of African Law, 2021 pp. 267-292.
- S.F Materu “Fighting Money Laundering through Criminal Prosecution in Tanzania: A Critical Overview of the Law and Practice” 44(2) Eastern Africa Law Review 2017, pp.19-49.
- S. F Materu “Restriction of Advocates in Primary Courts: Effect on Administration of Justice” (LL. B Dissertation), University of Dar es Salaam, 2008.
- S. F Materu “The Prosecution of International Crimes in Respect of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Critical Evaluation of the Factual Background and Specific Legal Considerations”, LL.M Dissertation, University of the Western Cape (http://etd.uwc.ac.za/usrfiles/modules/etd/docs/etdgen8Srv25Nme434261307603049.pdf) 2011.
Dr Materu has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those in doctoral studies.
Academic Achievements, Prizes, Awards and Recognitions
Due to his outstanding performance and academic excellence, Dr. Materu has received several prizes, awards, and recognition. Some of them are;
- 2015, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: Best Doctoral Thesis in the area of Criminal Law for academic year 2014, Faculty of Law, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
- 2011-2014, Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD):Scholarship from the Federal Government of Germany to pursue doctoral studies at the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice (Cape Town and Berlin)
- 2010, Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD): Scholarship from the Federal Government of Germany to pursue LL.M degree at the at the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.
- 2011, University of the Western Cape, Dean’s Medal. Awarded for passing LL.M degree Cum Laude (with distinction)
- 2008, University of Dar es Salaam, The University Prize. Awarded to the overall Best Final year student - Faculty of Law.
- 2008, University of Dar es Salaam, Social Security Research Prize. Awarded to the Best Final Year Law Student with Highest Mark in LL. B Dissertation
- 2008, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Prize. Awarded to the Best Final Year Student in Each Faculty University of Dar es Salaam
- 2008, University of Dar es Salaam, Sheikh Mohamed Zulfrulah Khan Prize. Awarded to the Best Final Year Law Student
- 2008, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Breweries Ltd Prize. Awarded to the Best Student in Final Year in law University of Dar es Salaam.
- 2008, University of Dar es Salaam, Professor Issa Shivji Prize. Awarded to the Best Final (fourth Year) Student in Law at the University of Dar es Salaam.
- 2007, University of Dar Es Salaam, The Vice-Chancellor law Prize 2007/2008. Awarded to the Best Student in Third Year of studies in the Faculty of Law the University of Dar es Salaam.
- 2003, Tanzania Ministry of Education: Ministry of Education Prize Awarded to the best student in single subject in the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) in Tanzania (Subject: English)