Prof. Issa Shivji is a retired professor of Public Law at the University of Dar es Salaam (1970-2006). He was the first holder of Nyerere Professorial Chair in Pan-Af rican Studies at the same University (2008-2013).He chaired the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters in Tanzania in 1998-1999. Shivji practised law in the High Courts of Tanzania and Zanzibar and the Court of Appeal of Tanzania between 1977 and 2008 and has published 18 books and numerous articles on law-related issues. He has received several national and international distinguished scholar awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of East London, UK and one from Rhodes University, South Africa. Shivji has devoted most of his life to addressing issues on the exploitation of Tanzanians through both the national and the international economic and legal orders. Currently, he is the Editor of the Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.