Prof. Bonaventure Rutinwa


Prof. Rutinwa is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic and lecturer at the School of Law (Private Law Department). He joined the School (then Faculty of Law) in 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Laws LL.B (Hons) University of Dar es Salaam, 1987. Masters of Laws (LL.M in Labour Law and Human Rights) Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, 1990. He further holds a Bachelor of Civil Law, BCL (Post Graduate Degree) University of Oxford, 1993. Postgraduate, University Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Studies, Refugee Studies Programme, University of Oxford, 1997. Moreover he holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in International Refugee Law, University of oxford, 1999.

Currently Prof. Rutinwa is DVC – Academic of University of Dar es Salaam. Before this position, Prof Rutinwa held several administrative positions within the University and the School of Law. He became Associate Professor of Law in 2004, he then was appointed Chairperson of the Legal Consultancy Committee of the University from 2004 – 2012. He has been Coordinator of the Centre for the Study of Forced Migration at the University from 1995 to 1997. He has also been Coordinator of International Migration Program at the University of Dar es Salaam 2007. He was the Convener of the University of Dar es Salaam Task Force for the Development of Training Academic Programs for the Training of Human Resources in the Sustainable Management of Oil and Gas Resources. Remarkably in 2012-2015 he served as Dean of the School of Law , University of Dar es Salaam.



1984-1987, Government of Tanzania Bursary, to pursue LL.B Programme at the University of Dar es Salaam

1986, Professor PLU Cross Prize, as Second Year Student, with Highest Marks in Development Studies

1987, University Prize Awarded by the University of Dar es Salaam to the Year Student with Highest Marks in Each Faculty.

  • Vice Chancellor’s Prize, Awarded by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, to the Best Final Year Student with Highest Points in Each Faculty
  • Attorney General’s Prize, Awarded by the Attorney General of Tanzania, to the Best Final Year Student in the Faculty of Law.
  • Tanganyika Law Society Prize, Awarded by the Bar (Practicing Lawyers’ Society) of Tanzania to Final Year Student with Highest Marks in Civil Procedure.

1988-1990, CIDA/Queen’s University Award, Awarded by the Canadian Government and taken at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.

1991-1992, JCR Scholarship, Lincoln College, University of Oxford.

1995-1996, World Lutheran Federation Fellowship, taken as Visiting Fellow, Refugee Studies Programme, University of Oxford.

1996, Rhodes African Scholars Grant, Awarded by the Rhodes Chair Committee, University of Oxford (I was the first ever receipt when the awaed was introduced in 1996)

1996-1997, Ford Foundation Research Grant, (on humanitarian issues and capacity building in East Africa/Great Lakes region.

1998-1999, Wingate Scholarship, Awarded by the Harllord Wingate Foundation, London, to support compilation of Ph.D studies, University of Oxford.


Prof. Rutinwa has published extensively on various areas of law:

Protection of people Fleeing Conflict and Generalized Violence, in Council of Europe, proceedings of the joint UNHCR/Council of Europe Colloquium on the Role of Regional human Rights Courts in Interpreting and enforcing legal Standards for the protection of Forcibly Displaced Persons. (2011).pp. 70-84.

Identifying Gaps in Protection Capacity in Tanzania, Study Carried out under the Strengthening Protection Capacity Projection, March 2005.

The Evoluation of Refugee law in Southern Africain East African Law Review (2003).

Regional Cooperation for Humanitarian Action: the Potential of the East African Cooperation’ in Kathina, M. & Suhrke.A.(eds). Eroding Local Capacity: international Humanitarian Action in Africa, The Nordic Africa institute. Upssala, 2002, pp.60-72

‘The Marginalisation of Loval Relief Capacity in Tanzania’ in Kathima. M & Suhrke, A.(eds). Eroding local Capacity International humanitarian Action in Africa. The Nordic Africa institute Upssala, 2002, 00. 73-93.

The End of Asylum? The Changing Nature of Refugee policies in Africa, in Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol, 21,No. 1 & 2, 2002, pp. 12 – 41,

Prima Facie Status and Refugee protection, in New issues in Refugee Research, (a Web-based journal): <http//>, UNHCR, Geneva, October 2002.

Exclusion from Refugee Status: The challenges of Separation’ in Forced migration Revie, Special issue on Afghanstan, June 2002.

‘Temporary protection and its Expression under the’ Reformulation of Refugee law; Model’ in Hand maker, J. et al (eds), Perspectives on Refugee protection in South Africa (Lawyers for Human Rights; Faculty of Law, University of Witwatersrand: and Faculty of Law, University of CAPE Town, 2001), pp.50-64

Refugee Claim Based on Violation of International Humanitarian Law: The “Victims” Perspective, Geogetown Immigration Law Journal Vol. 15 Spring 2001, No 3 PP. 497 – 517.

‘The Great Lakes: A survey of the Application of the Exclusion Clauses in the Central African Republic, Kenya and Tanzania’ (with B.O’ Neill & G. Verdirame) in Vol. 12 Special Supplementary.Issue, winter 2000, International Journal of Refugee Law, pp. 135-170.

Interstate Obligations Relating to Prevention, Management and Resolution of humanitarian Problems (Doctoral Thesis, Oxford University, Michelmas 1999)

How tense is the Tension Between the Refugee Concept and the IDP Debate? (A Reply to Michael Barutciski) in Vol.4. Forced Migration Review, April 1999.

Forced Migration and Refugee Rights in the Great Lakes Region in African Journal of International Affairs.(Vol. 1 No 2, 1998), 11-43.

Protection of Refugees through the Rule of Law in Africa: Problems and Prospects, in Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Journal. London (June 1998), (20-47)

Intervening in Civil War: Responses to Political Crisis to the Great Lakes Region, Oxford International Review, Spring 1997, pp. 66-73.

Refugee Protection and Security in East Africa in Vol. 22 Refugee Participation Network, pp. 11-14.

Tanzania’s Response to the Rwanda Emergency in Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.9. No.3, 1996.pp. 291-302

Beyond Durable Solutions: An Appraisal of the new Proposals for prevention and Solution of the Refugee Crisis in the Great Lates Region in Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.9 No, 3, 1996 pp. 312 – 325.



Liability and Compensation for Injurious Consequences of Transboundary Movement of Hizardious Wastes. In Review of Europe Community & International Environment Law, January 1997, pp. 6-14.

The Court System and Conflict of Laws in Tanzania. Open Univesity of Tanzania, 1996.

International Liability for Transboundary Hazardous Activities. Thesis Submitted in Partial Fullfilment of the Requirements of the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law (Post Graduate), University of Oxford, 1993.


International Cooperation and Solidarity in Resolution of Forcible Diplacement Situations: A case of Naturalisation of Refugees in Tanzania, Paper Presented at High Level Meeting. Geneva, Switzerland, 7th- 8th December, 2011.

Governing Forced Migration, Key Note Speech Delivered on the Official Opening of the European master migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR), Oldenburg University, Bremen, Germany, 23rd September 2011.

State of the Art in Forced Migration Studies: key Speech Delivered Bi-Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Forced migration, Kampala, Uganda, 4th – 7th July 2011.

Root causes of Conflict and Displacement in Africa, Paper presented at the meeting of the African Union Panel of Independent Experts on the Formulation of the African Union Humanitarian Policy Framework, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia, 5th – 6th April 2011

Causes of Conflicts and Displacement in Southern Africa, Paper Presented at the Sub-Regional Seminar to Promote the Ratification of the African Union Convention on Internally Displaced Persons, Lilongwe, Malawi, 16th-17th March 2011.

Hurmonisation of Immigration Laws in the COMESA Region Presented at the meeting of COMESA Immigration Chiefs, Lusaka, Zambia 14th – 15th March 2011.



2001: President, Africa Humanitarian Policy Institute.

2001-2003, Member of the Executive Committee and Legal Advisor, The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration.

2000, Associate Member, International Associational of Refugee Law Judges.

1999-2000, President, Oxford University Africa Society.

1995-1999, Founder and First Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Forced Migration, University of Dar es Salaam.

1996 – 1997, Founding Chairman, East African Network for Study of Forced Migration.

1993 – 1998, Member, Africa Society of International and Comparative Law

1991-1992, Treasure, Oxford University Africa Society

1986-1987, Secretary-General, University of Dar es Salaam Law Society.