Doctoral dissertation of the new Deputy Secretary-General of UNO supervised by Heidelberg law professor
On 8 January 2007 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the foreign minister of Tanzania, Dr. Asha-Rose Mtengeti-Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of UNO. Born in 1956 in the South Tanzanian town of Songea, she studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam. In 1988 she received a German Academic Exchange Service grant to study at the University of Konstanz. Her doctoral dissertation on legal and economic aspects of integration research was supervised by the two law professors Carsten T. Ebenroth and Werner F. Ebke. Professor Ebke has been on the teaching staff of the University of Heidelberg since the winter semester 2004/05. Dr. Mtengeti-Migiro obtained her PhD in 1992.
During her doctoral studies in Germany she also took on a visiting lectureship at the Faculty of Women's Rights of the University of Oslo. The committed lawyer's subsequent academic and professional career is impressive indeed. After returning to her home country she was initially entrusted with leadership functions at the University of Dar es Salaam. In 1997 she joined the Tanzanian Law Reform Commission and one year later the newly appointed Constitutional Commission dedicated to fighting corruption and pressing ahead with reforms.
In August 2000 Dr. Asha-Rose Mtengeti-Migiro was elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Two months later she became a member of the Tanzanian parliament. Shortly after that the mother of two children was appointed Minister of Community Development, Women's and Children's Affairs. In January 2006 she became foreign minister in the government headed by President Jakaya Kikwete. Werner F. Ebke describes Dr. Mtengeti-Migiro as "a friendly, wise and committed woman with a great deal of personal magnetism and a natural gift for mediation, who courageously stands up for her convictions."
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