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Mission statement

The RUCU- Human Rights Centre (RHRC) at the Faculty of Law, Ruaha Catholic University (RUCU), strives to serve as a significant contributor to human rights education, policy formulation and legal reform for the new constitutional order focusing on:

  1. Transformation of the Justice Sector, State Structures and Gender Parity;

  2. Equitable justice in the emerging extractive industry;

  3. Vulnerability – children, women, persons with disabilities (PWD), and minorities;

  4. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR).


  • Professionalism;

  • Excellence in teaching and academic research;

  • Commitment to imparting knowledge and academic skills; and

  • Social justice transformation.


The Centre employs relevant members of staff to run its programmes and activities. Members of staff are drawn from among members of the Faculty of Law (and where deemed appropriate, from other faculties as well as from students with requisite and relevant skills/qualifications). The Centre’s staffs are currently engaged on a full-time basis.

The Centre also works in collaboration with non-academic partners and individuals engaged in similar activities or pursuing the same goals as of the Centre. In addition, the Centre works with state and non-state institutions, universities and research institutions in pursuance of its mission and objectives.


  • Education Curriculum of the Center

The RHRC focuses on teaching, training, and curriculum design integrating human rights and participatory human rights education methods. It shares expertise and resources with local, national, and international partners interested in integrating human rights, constitutionalism, democratization and good governance. In addition, the RHRC advises current and future students on academic and professional opportunities in human rights.

Through this initiative, RHRC staff endeavor to design and field-test a variety of teaching and training models for university-based and community audiences. The RHRC teaching and training component includes online and face-to-face courses, teacher trainings, professional development workshops, summer institutes, and community education programs. The RHRC’s audiences include legal professionals, educators, students, human rights advocates, human rights commissioners, and the general public.



  • What is Legal Aid?

Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial.

Legal aid performs a crucial role in providing fair and equal access to justice to those most at risk of being excluded from our legal system.

  • Why do we have Legal Aid?

The promotion of constitutional democracy underlies the establishment of a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights in which every citizen is equally protected by the law. The provision of legal aid sets the foundation for the achievement of equality, the advancement of human rights and freedom which are the founding values of our Constitution thereby ensuring the protection of the rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

The realization of human rights and observance of rule of law has generally to be ensured by the Government. This is the prime obligation of the Government under its international obligation to uphold and implement international human rights standards. However, the State or individuals do not always uphold human rights, there are times when they violate them; the victim of violation of human rights should be given an opportunity to access courts of law to vindicate his or her rights.

For the individual to be able to vindicate his/her rights in courts of law, s/he needs to be assisted by counsel. As many victims of violations of human rights are not financially capable of hiring private advocates and because the Government is yet to establish a state-sponsored legal aid scheme, the RHRC strives to intervene by providing legal assistance to indigent individuals who are in need of legal assistance. In doing so, the RHRC takes into account the need for resorting to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before embarking on court interventions

  • Who can get Legal Aid?

Legal aid helps with the costs of legal advice for people who cannot afford it.

If you need help with the costs of legal advice, you can apply for legal aid. Whether you will receive it will depend on:

the type of legal problem you have;

your income (how much you earn) and how much capital (money, property and belongings) you have – called ‘financial eligibility’.

  • What can I do to get the Legal Aid by the RHRC?

You will normally need to phone for an appointment to see a legal adviser or come during the legal aid clinic every Thursday afternoon from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. 

RHRC Legal Aid Clinic

Every Thursday afternoon

From: 2.00 pm to: 5.00 pm

at the RUCU Human Rights Centre Office 35 Admission block.

Or call by telephone for a legal
advice appointment through

There is a T.Sh. 5,000/= one-time only
registration fee for all clients.



Prof. Mukoyogo was the pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Law at RUCU. The Faculty of Law was the first institution to be established at RUCU and the first law faculty in the Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) family. Under his leadership, the Faculty grew up from strength to strength to become one of the most prestigious law faculties in the region. Before he joined RUCU, Prof. Mukoyogo had taught for several years at the University of Dar es Salaam and later was engaged to help establish the Faculty of Law at the Open University of Tanzania at the turn of the 20th Century. Prof. Mukoyogo was a renowned jurist, who published widely and also served as an examiner and visiting lecturer to a number of local and foreign universities in his capacity as an expert in legal methods and jurisprudence.

After the famous professor of law died, a decision was taken up by the university management to set aside a specific date in every academic year to commemorate the prolific teaching career of this jurist. Over years now the RUCU family, Prof. Mukoyogo’s last academic institution in Tanzania to host him before his demise, has been commemorating his contribution to the academic circles in the country on an annual basis.

After the Centre was reconstituted as a semi-autonomous entity within the Faculty of Law at RUCU, a decision was taken up to bring this prestigious and memorable annual event under the Centre’s stewardship. This was largely due to the fact that, as the late Prof. Mukoyogo pioneered the laying down of a firm foundation upon which the Faculty of Law is flourishing, the Centre (as the Faculty’s hub of legal and human rights training and research) has to be tasked with the preparing and organization of this famous event.

It is envisaged that through the event, the center shall contribute to every individual citizen’s awareness about the rule of law, constitutionalism, human rights, democratization and good governance in memory of the Late Prof. Mukoyogo.


In its endeavor to inculcate relevant professional skills and legal practice skills to students in the advanced levels, the Centre desires to engage post-graduate students and those in their final year in the undergraduate as associate researchers and legal aid providers. Students engaged with the Centre shall serve on part-time and may be remunerated in accordance with the work they do and the availability of funding for the programmes under which they serve. Students will accumulate credits from their engagement with the Centre to be counted during the assessment of their academic progress and examination.

However, currently there are no programmes that students can work on. The information about any vacancy available shall be posted when there is a vacant position needs to be filled.



RHRC taking part in the exhibition at the RUCU grounds; commemorating RUCU’s 10th anniversary (images)


RHRC’s raffle event; aimed at raising awareness about the center’s existence, and raising funds for human rights work by the centre.

  • Images of winners - pending

  • Images of the VC - pending


Human Rights Education is a lifelong process of teaching and learning that helps individuals develop the knowledge, skills, and values to fully exercise and protect the human rights of themselves and others; to fulfill their responsibilities in the context of internationally agreed upon human rights principles; and to achieve justice and peace in our world.”