Dr. Elifuraha Laltaika

Dr. Elifuraha Laltaika is a Senior Law Lecturer and the Director of Research and Consultancy. He holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Arizona (USA), Master’s of Laws (LL.M)-from the University of Oregon (USA), LL.M from the University of Kwazulu Natal (South Africa) and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam. A Fulbright alumnus, he served as a Harvard Law School visiting researcher and has guest-lectured/presented papers in several Universities abroad, including the University of California Berkeley (USA), University of Denver (USA), Luiss University (Italy), Roma Tree University (Italy) and the University of Philippines Baguio (Philippines). Dr. Laltaika is an attorney/member of the Bar Association of Tanzania mainland-the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS). During its 60th Anniversary, TLS recognized Dr. Laltaika's "outstanding contribution" to the society's Law Journal (JTLS). In 2016, Dr. Laltaika was a recipient of a research grant from UNESCO's Knowing Our Climate in Africa Program.

 Recently, the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS) awarded Dr. Laltaika the prestigious Iso Lomso Fellowship (2019-2022) to conducted a long-term research project entitled “Spotlighting Social Inclusion: Protection of Africa’s Hunter-Gatherers’ Communal Land Rights in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals Implementation.” He is also a participating scholar in a three years research project (2019-2021) examining how local debates about the meaning and purpose of development, progress and good life are mainstreamed in attempts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on pastoralist communities. The British Academy funds the study involving other Tanzanian, British and American researchers.

In 2016, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) appointed Dr. Laltaika to serve as expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2017-2020). Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Fellow at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland and honed his research skills in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program of the University of Arizona through working closely with Professor James Anaya and Professor Robert Williams, Jr., among others.

Dr. Laltaika’s publications comprise book chapters and several journal articles on various aspects notably the interface between human rights and extractive industries; environmental and natural resources law; indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights law and policy and public international law. They include: Laltaika, E. Pastoralists’ Right to Land and Natural Resources in Tanzania. 15 Oregon Review of International Law, 43-61, 2013; Laltaika, E. Legal Protection of the Environment from Negative Impacts of Extractive Operations In Tanzania. African Nazarene University Law Journal, 38-57, 2017; and Laltaika, Elifuraha. Implementation of Local Content Requirements in the Tanzania’s Extractive Sector: A Review of Laws, Policies, Regulations and Model Contracts. Zanzibar Year Book of Law, Vol. 6, 2016.

Dr. Laltaika teaches these courses (among others): Mining Oil and Gas Law; Public International Law; Advanced Legal Research and Writing; Human Rights Law, Land Law and Natural Resources Law.

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