New DAAD-Scholarships Offers

Call for Scholarship Applications 2021 at Sub-Saharan African universities and at universities or research institutions in Germany:
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Germany
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa Staff Exchange Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • For Staff Exchange Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa: (senior) staff members (holding a PhD) from a Sub-Saharan African university
You can find all details regarding the selection process in the respective calls at the DAAD scholarship database: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Germany   Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa   Staff Exchange Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus Month Regional Integration on the Blog of African Legal Studies

TGCL and the Chair of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth dedicate a specific topic to each month of the year on their Blog (https://africanlegalstudies.Blog/). This features an increased research effort on the respective topic within the Chairs activities as well as a thematic focus from the articles published on the Blog. Thought-provoking and up-to-date articles not only by TGCL/African Legal Studies Students, Alumni and Staff, but also from leading experts on the various topics from around the globe can thus be found on the Blog.

The topic dedicated to the focus month of April is Regional Integration and was chosen to give mainly TGCL students and alumni a platform to publish part of their current research and contribute easily to ongoing debatesOur writers review and analyse political, legal, economic, and social institutions for collective governance and address present issues and processes.

On 2 April, TGCL Alumni Otieno Kennedy Abuya published an analysis on the Appraisal of Legal Challenges and Intra-Regional Trade Within the East African Community in which he precisely examined the underlying legal framework on Intra-Regional Trade and gave a recommendation for the future. On 10 April, the Team co-released two comments involving Regional Integration. First, Jan Maina, lawyer and DAAD Legal Scholar at the TGCL, addressed Kenya’s Repatriation of Refugees in a Wake of Regional Integration. Afterwards, René Brosius commented on the maritime border dispute between Somalia and Kenya. René Brosius is a doctoral candidate at the Chair of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth and is specialised in the field of law and economics in Somalia. In his comment, he evaluated the tension between the two states and particularly carved out the background as well as the role of the International Court of Justice. On the blog itself you can find more interesting articles around Regional Integration and access them via the following link (https://africanlegalstudies.Blog/2021/04/). Please feel free to leave a reply under any article as we love to open an in-depth discourse about the research with our readers. Via the top link, you can also come upon our other articles from previous months as well as – coming 1 May – the announcement of the main topic of the next focus month.

If you would like to address a certain topic with great interest in your research and like to be featured as an author on our Blog, you can do this by clicking the button “Contribute” in the top right of the main page and submitting your paper to The African Legal Studies Team is always looking forward to engaging with new authors and featuring their articles on the Blog.


By Philipp Bogensperger

Third Conference of the African-German Research Network – Zoom (Online) 2021

Call for Abstracts

Alumni-Conference: “Transnational Criminal Law in Africa: Legal and Institutional Frameworks and Challenges”

28th May, 4th June, 22nd October and 29th October 2021 via Zoom (online)

The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice organizes its third annual research conference and invites abstracts on “Transnational Criminal Law in Africa: Legal and Institutional Frameworks and Challenges” from Alumnae and Alumni of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice.

Please find details in the Call for Applications.

DAAD fördert zwei neue Fachzentren // Two new Centres funded by DAAD

Der Auf- und Ausbau leistungsfähiger und nachhaltiger Ausbildungsstrukturen an afrikanischen Universitäten ist Ziel des Programms „Fachzentren Afrika“ des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD). Aktuell sind zwei weitere Fachzentren mit Fokus auf Ressourcenmanagement ausgewählt worden. Der DAAD fördert beide von deutschen Hochschulen getragenen Zentren aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes (AA) bis 2025 mit 4,5 Millionen Euro.
Zur Pressemitteilung.



The aim of the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) “African Excellence” programme is to establish and expand efficient and sustainable teaching and learning structures at African universities. Currently, two new Centres of Excellence focusing on resource management have been selected. DAAD is funding both Centres, which are run by German universities, with 4.5 million euros from the Federal Foreign Office (AA) until 2025.
To the press release.



L’objectif du programme “African Excellence” de l’Office Allemand d’Échanges Universitaires (DAAD) est d’établir et de développer des structures d’enseignement et d’apprentissage efficaces et durables dans les universités africaines. Actuellement, deux nouveaux Centres d’Excellence axés sur la gestion des ressources ont été sélectionnés. Le DAAD finance ces deux Centres, qui sont gérés par des universités allemandes, avec 4,5 millions d’euros du Ministère Fédéral des Affaires Étrangères (AA) jusqu’en 2025.
Voici la communiqué de presse.

Alumni-Conference: “International and Transnational Criminal Law in Africa: Practice, Challenges and Prospects” October and December 2020 Zoom (online)

The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice has successfully organized its second annual research conference on “International and Transnational Criminal Law in Africa: Practice, Challenges and Prospects” from Alumni of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice in October and December 2020 via Zoom

The fruitful presentations and debates on the conference assessed the extent to which African states have implemented international and transnational criminal law through a critical examination of their legal frameworks, the nature and capacity of the legal enforcement and institutional frameworks adopted to criminalize, investigate and prosecute international crimes as well as the legal, institutional or practical challenges for effective implementation. Besides having a substantial majority of state parties to the International Criminal Court, African countries have established various ad hoc tribunals and adopted several legal and institutional frameworks at the regional and national levels as evidence of their stance against impunity for international crimes.

In his article, Leon Trampe, student assistant of the Network, gives an overview of the excellent paper abstracts and presentations at the conference. Please find the report here.

New Volume: South African Journal of Criminal Justice

The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice is proud to announce that the 33rd volume of the South African Journal of Criminal Justice including peer-reviewed papers from our Network’s inaugural annual conference from 20 to 24 November 2019 on “Transitional Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa“ has recently been published.

The South African Journal of Criminal Justice is an accredited, specialist legal journal publishing articles, comments, surveys of recent cases, and book reviews in the field of criminal justice, with a particular emphasis on southern Africa. The focus of the journal is on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, international criminal law, and criminology. The Network’s director Prof. Dr. Gerhard Werle is part of the editorial board and the Network’s advisory board member Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kemp serves as editor. More information about the periodical can be found here.

Information on the Network and the table of contents of the third issue can be found here.

Call for Applications: Short Learning Programme Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision

Dear members of the Centres,

please find the call and application form for our DIGI-Face / CERM-ESA online Short Learning Programme for researchers / supervisors. If you are an experienced and committed researcher / supervisor in one of the Centres of Excellence in Africa and are potentially interested to become a multiplier of this programme, please join the course!

Application deadline is 18 February 2021


Call for Applications PGSupervision_18.2.2021



SLP PGSupervision Application Form


Brochure African Excellence

The new brochure on the Centres of African Excellence is freshly published!
Click here to download it.

This brochure illustrates, by means of practical examples and implementation strategies from the centres, how these projects actively contribute to sustainable development in Africa by impartin context-related, relevant expertise and by developing concrete approaches to solutions.

           Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

UWC Centres of Excellence training workshop on the new DigiFace digital teaching and learning platform

In the first week of December 2020, the two UWC DAAD Centres of Excellence – the South African-German Centre for Development Research SA-GER CDR and the South African German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice TRANSCRIM – took part in a training workshop on the use of the new DigiFace digital teaching and learning platform. Colleagues from Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, who are managing partners of the DigiFace project, organized and run the training workshop in a venue close to Cape Town.

DigiFace – short for “Digital Initiative for African Centres of Excellence” – is a new project funded by DAAD that aims at supporting and facilitating Higher Education learning and research at all DAAD African Centres of Excellence. The project is strengthening the Centres’ digital competencies as well as the networking among all the Centres – between all institutions involved, between staff, students, and alumni.

Core element of the DigiFace-initiative is the creation and establishment of a central interactive digital platform which is based on the Moodle learning management system. Participants in the training workshop started to develop course material and got a good understanding of both theoretical and practical knowledge required to make full use of the different tools and facilities of the platform. The workshop that way supported both Centres in offering course designs suitable for blended and hybrid learning, – both essential elements of the current and future learning environment at UWC. The two Centres, going forward, are joining forces to promote the use of the new platform in their respective institutes, and to collaborate more closely within the digital infrastructure that the new DigiFace project provides.

Members and facilitators of the training workshop: (back row right to left): Prof. John-Mark Iyi (UWC / TRANSCRIM), Lance Scheepers (UWC / SA-GER CDR), Ruth Knoblich (UWC / SA-GER CDR), Dr. Nortje Windell (UWC / TRANSCRIM), Elmien Waring (NMU Port Elizabeth), and Mike Swanepoel (NMU Port Elizabeth); (front row right to left): Shamiso Mandioma (UWC / SA-GER CDR), Karlien Potgieter (NMU Port Elizabeth), Prof. Paul Webb (NMU Port Elizabeth), and Dr. Michael Nguatem Belebema (UWC / SA-GER CDR).