Miami Law HOPE Summer Program in Tanzania: African Probate & Policy Initiative

HOPE Summer Program in Tanzania: African Probate & Policy Initiative

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Program Description

The African Probate & Policy Initiative is designed to foster study, research, and on-site experiences in Africa. The Initiative will focus on the role of probate and property laws in Tanzanian society, the impact of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, and the human rights implications of both on life in Tanzania. (For specific details see the program description.)

The Tanzanian legal system is based on British common law but includes elements of Islamic law (khadi courts), codified customary law, and traditional law. This melding of various legal systems can prove challenging for lawyers practicing in Tanzania, as well as to officials whose task it is to implement and enforce the law. As such, Tanzania provides an exceptional environment for comparative legal studies.

This program offers students:

  • The ability to participate in a direct setting in a course focused on human rights in Africa;
  • The study of comparative legal systems with a focus on comparative probate law & policy;
  • Experiential learning and the opportunity to engage, firsthand, in providing legal services in a developing country; and
  • Fieldwork with direct client interaction in providing probate assistance and drafting of wills to rural Tanzanians.

Course Information

Course Title: African Probate & Policy Initiative
Credits: 4 with optional additional two externship credits


Internship in Tanzania after July 12, 2013. Please contact the instructor for more information.

For More Information

Please contact Gretchen Bellamy, director of international public interest programs, at




  • 1 week in Dar es Salaam
  • 1 week in Mwanza
  • 2 weeks in Arusha
  • 1 week in Zanzibar


  • May 21-24: Intensive Classroom Instruction in Miami
  • May 28: Pass/Fail Exam in Miami
  • May 29-30: Intensive Classroom Instruction in Miami
  • May 31- June 6: Paper Development
  • June 8: Students Arrive in Dar es Salaam
  • June 10-14: Training, tours and lectures
  • June 17-21: Mwanza
  • June 24-July 5: Arusha
  • July 8-12: Zanzibar
  • July 13-August 1: Continued paper development
  • August 2: Paper submission


The application process for the African Probate & Policy Initiative will commence on December 21, 2012.

To access the application go to: African Probate & Policy Initiative Application 2013

Log-in instructions: Log-in with your full student e-mail address and your password.

Print-out instructions: Please print out the form before submitting it so you have a copy for your records.

For further information, please contact:

Gretchen Bellamy