Dr. Elifuraha Laltaika
Dr. Elifuraha Laltaika is a law lecturer and Director of Research and Consultancy. He holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Arizona (USA), Master 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.
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. Recent publications include: Laltaika, E. Legal Protection of the Environment from Negative Impacts of Extractive Operations In Tanzania. African Nazarene University Law Journal, 38-57, 2017; Laltaika, E. Pastoralists’ Right to Land and Natural Resources in Tanzania. 15 Oregon Review of International Law, 43-61, 2013 and Laltaika, Elifuraha. (2015). Business and Human Rights in Tanzania: Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences with Access to Remedy. In Doyle C. (ed.), Business and Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences with Access to Remedy. Case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America (pp. 211-231). Chiang Mai, Madrid, Copenhagen: AIPP, Alm.ciga, IWGIA. Dr. Laltaika’s ongoing research projects examine rights of indigenous peoples’ with disability (in collaboration with Dr. Cathal Doyle- Research Fellow at Middlesex University London Law School), and Corporate Accountability in Africa (in collaboration with Professor Bonita Meyersfeld of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa). 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.
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 Professors James Anaya and Robert, Williams, Jr., among others. Dr. Laltaika teaches these courses (among others): Constitutional Law; Mining Oil and Gas Law; Public International Law; International Humanitarian Law, Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Human Rights Law, Land Law and Environmental Law.