Dr. Benjamin J. Parsalaw II is a lawyer and law lecturer at Tumaini University Makumira. He received both his bachelor (LL.B, 2011) and master (LL.M/ Human Rights Law, 2013) of laws from Tumaini University Makumira, Tanzania. In addition, he holds a master of laws (LL.M/ Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 2014) from the University of Oregon, School of Law (USA). Dr. Parsalaw, also holds a certificate in Trade and Environment from American University, Washington College of Law, (USA) 2014, and a legal writing certificate in Plain English, from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, (USA) 2017.
Dr. Parsalaw holds a doctor of laws at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, (USA) where he also served as president of the doctoral law student (DLS) association. Dr. Parsalaw, is a member of the Further, Dr. Parsalaw, is recipients of the distinguished Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship, for his innovative doctoral dissertation. Dr. Parsalaw is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; a non-profit organization devoted to the academic and practical study of the laws and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, energy, public lands, water, environmental and international law.
Notably, Dr. Parsalaw delivered the LL.M valedictorian speech alongside guest speaker and congresswoman U.S Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, at Oregon Law’s 2014 commencement ceremony. He also delivered the valedictory address during the University of Arizona Law’s 2018 Commencement, accompanied by the Dean’s commendation letter and glass plate award from the law faculty.
Since joining the law faculty in 2011, Dr. Parsalaw, taught Public International Law, Research Methodology, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Environmental Law, and Labor Law. Aside from teaching, Dr. Parsalaw’s academic interests and areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Mining Law, Investment Law, Jurisprudence (Legal Philosophy), Legal Research and Writing, Indigenous Peoples Rights. His publications include: “Uranium Mining: A Stairway to Prosperity or Highway to Impoverishment,” Journal of the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), VOL.1, 2016 No2.
From research and practical standpoint, Dr. Parsalaw has worked closely with Professor Robert Williams and Professor Sergio Puig in matters related to indigenous peoples’ rights and investments. In addition, Dr. Parsalaw has collaborated with Dr. E. Lalataika in researches and projects associated with indigenous people’s rights.