School of Law

School of Law

Ag Dean

Names : Denis Bikesha

Position: -Lecturer,School of Law

Mobile Phone: : +250788306009

Denis Bikesha is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Dar es Salaam, School of Law. He also holds both LLB and LLM received in 2004 and 2010 respectively from the Rwanda National University (NUR). He is an alumnus of CONTACT program at School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute at Vermont, USA where he obtained a nine-month Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Peace building. Bikesha has been very active in research, publication and training in areas of justice, reconciliation, conflict resolution and peace building. He is currently a lecturer at University of Rwanda, School of Law where he joined the academic field after serving a Legal Officer and later as Director at the National Service of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda; the Courts that were charged to try genocide cases.He has also worked as senior consultant for two U.S. based organizations known as American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/RULI) and Lead 4 Tomorrow (L4T). In his part-time activities, Bikesha has worked with the School for International Training (SIT), World Learning Institute also based in U.S. since 2005, both as a lecturer and a home stay coordinator in study abroad program. Bikesha fluently speaks Kinyarwanda, English, French and Kiswahili.
Areas of research interest:
- Transitional Justice
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
- Alternative Dispute Resolution


- Denis Bikesha, The Role of Leadership in Implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture Framework, the case of the East African Community, in: Josephat L. Kanywanyi, Ulrike Wanitzek, Anatole Nahayo and Johannes Dovelin (eds),Regional Integration and Law,Dar es Salaam University Press, 2014, pp.33-57.
- Denis Bikesha, Truth-seeking as a guiding principle in the Administration of Criminal Justice: the Case of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda, in: Stephanie Wolf(ed), In the Shadow of Genocide: Memory, Justice, and Transformation within Rwanda,(forthcoming);

Ongoing Research
Gacaca Courts in Rwanda as a Means of Dispensing Criminal Justice and Reconciliation– a Ph.D. Thesis,

- constitutional law and political institutions
- Institutional Reforms;
Other activities:
• PhD Student at University of Dar es Salaam, School of Law sponsored by Tanzania-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL)
• Legal Consultant

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