SECRETARY-GENERAL OF AALCO
H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy GASTORN, of United Republic of Tanzania, is the sixth Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). He took office on 15th August, 2016. He was elected for a four-year term at the Fifty-Fifth Annual Session held in New Delhi (HQ), India.
Prof. Gastorn read Bachelor and Master’s in law from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2003. He earned his doctorate from University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2007.
Prior to his current appointment, Prof. Gastorn was the Director of International Affairs of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and the immediate past Head of the Department of Public Law, University of Dar es Salaam School of Law. He was also a member of the National Environmental Advisory Committee in the Vice President’s Office United Republic of Tanzania.
As the Secretary General of AALCO, Prof. Gastorn’s priority is to reinforce AALCO as the “hub” for collective dialogue on legal concerns of the Member States from Asia and Africa. He also aims to generate new momentum among the Member States to actively participate in AALCO activities and to encourage and welcome countries from Asia and Africa to become new members of AALCO.
His vision is to build a strong working relationship with the United Nations, the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law Commission (ILC), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and regional organizations like Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), African Union, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He also hopes to increase the scope of engagement with other IGOs and regional organizations.