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The Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Ms. Irene Mkwawa Kasyanju

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Ambassador Kasyanju, was appointed the Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to The Kingdom of The Netherlands in October 2015.

She is a lawyer by profession and holds Bachelor of Laws (LL. B Honours) degree from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations & Diplomacy from the Centre for Foreign Relations in Dar es Salaam. Ambassador Kasyanju served briefly as a State Attorney with the Attorney General’s Chambers & Ministry of Justice of Tanzania before joining the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania in April 1987. She is a career diplomat. Prior to her nomination as Ambassador, she served as Director for Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for ten years (2005 – 2015).

Ambassador Kasyanju, represented the Ministry in various international and regional conferences including in the negotiations that led to the establishment of two main international (legal) bodies under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), namely, International Seabed Authority (ISBA) and International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in early 1990s in New York, USA and Kingston, Jamaica.

She represented Tanzania in the Preparatory process (1996 – 1998) for the establishment of The Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC) in New York; and at the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries, which adopted the Rome Statute of the ICC in July/August 1998 in Rome, Italy. Ambassador Kasyanju, thereafter participated in various ICC meetings including Assemblies of States Parties to the Rome Statute both in New York and in The Hague.

She served at the Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland for six years (1999 – 2005).

She participated in the AU negotiations, which nominated Tanzania to become the seat of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in 2006 and successfully settled down the Court in Arusha, Tanzania in 2007. She settled down other international institutions in Arusha, Tanzania including United Nations Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (UNRMCT) the successor to International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2012-13; African Institute of International Law (AIIL) in 2013; and African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) also in 2013. She played the central role in ensuring Arusha City became an international city by hosting many international organizations as possible.

Ambassador Kasyanju has held several national high-level ministerial positions including Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Audit Committee; Secretary to the Tanzania National Authority established under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to assist the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Tanzania; Member of the National Multi-Disciplinary Committee on Anti-Money Laundering; Member of National Civil Aviation Security Committee, Member of the National Anti-Human Trafficking   Committee, and served as Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in many occasions.

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