Mathias Sahinkuye is a Professor of International law and legal scholarship, lecturing at the University of Iringa and in various institutions in Tanzania and abroad in public international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international refugee law, theory and philosophy of law, and legal scholarship. He has held various positions in academic institutions: Head of Department, Dean, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and now Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic, Research and Consultancy at the University of Iringa and Program Manager of the African Institute of International Law. Sahinkuye is a committed human rights advocate with extensive experience in research, advocacy, litigation and training in Africa.
He served as Defense Attorney before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since 2000 while also being Secretary General of the Defense Lawyers Association in the same Tribunal since 2004. Sahinkuye has mentored several academics and has made a substantial contribution to teaching, in particular by exploring the establishment, design and delivery of innovative graduate and postgraduate programs and courses in the above mentioned fields. Member of various societies, he has dedicated his time in engaging in a full range of research and related activities, he has gathered extensive experience in organizing and leading various seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia worldwide, and he has contributed to the advancement of legal scholarship by publishing numerous books, articles and other academic works.