Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wanitzek


Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

+49 (0) 921 55-5165 / -6156 (phone)

+49 (0) 921 55-5102 (fax)


Research interests

family law, legal pluralism

Geographical Area

Tanzania, Ghana, Germany


Supervised Junior Fellows and their Research Projects

Junior Fellow

Research Project

Kimario, Florencia

The Best Interests of the Child Principle: A Critical Analysis of the Tanzanian Intercountry Adoption System

Buchumi, Veronica

Implementing foster care in Tanzania: A critical assessment of Laws, procedures and Institutions

Former Supervisions (non-exhaustive)

Former Junior Fellow

Research Project

Bello, Sakinatou

La traite des enfants et l'application des conventions internationales relatives aux droits de l'enfant en République du Bénin

Law with Focus on Comparative Law

Academic Vita

since 2008

Project Leader, Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (TGCL)

since 2007

Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of African Studies and the Faculty of Law, Business Administration and Economics, University of Bayreuth


Member of SFB/FK 560 "Local action in Africa in the context of global influences"


Visiting Professor of Family Law and Legal Sociology at the Faculty of Law, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (summer semester)


Private Lecturer, University of Bayreuth


Habilitation in Bayreuth

since 1995

Member of the scientific staff at the Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth


Member of FORAREA "Area Studies, Business and Culture"


Visiting Lecturer of Private International Law and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon (January-March)


Member of SFB 214 "Identity in Africa"


PhD in Bayreuth


Assistant, Chair of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Bayreuth


Studies at the University of Augsburg


Memberships and functions in academic organisations

since 1997

Co-editor of the journal "Recht in Afrika - Law in Africa - Droit en Afrique", Cologne

since 1990

Board Member of the Commission on Legal Pluralism


Consultant Editor of the journal "Africa. Journal of the International African Institute", London


Board Member of the Association of African Law


International Society of Family Law


Association of Comparative Law


Association of Legal Sociology


Association of Civil Law Professors


Academic Association of Family Law


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