Hilda Tizeba

Thesis title: Autonomy, Paternalism and the Regulation of Mental Healthcare in Low-Resource Settings: Examining the Case of Tanzania


Hilda has been a PhD candidate at the Centre for Health, Medical Law and Ethics at the Edinburgh Law School since 2022. Hilda has over five years of teaching experience working  as a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, School of Law. She also engages in mental health advocacy through the non-profit Guided Path which raises mental health awareness and need for policy and legal reform in the mental health sector. 


LL.M in Criminal Justice, University of Western Cape and Humboldt University

LL.B (Honours) University of Dar es Salaam

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the Mason Institute  at the University of Edinburgh School of Law

Member of the Global Alliance for Behavioural Health and Social Justice - USA

Member of the United Nations International Law Seminar Alumni Network - Switzerland

Programme Assistant for the Students as Change Agents Project - University of Edinburgh, Career Service

Attorney and Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania

CEO and Founder of Guided Path- Tanzania

Member of the Tanganyika Law Society - Tanzania


Undergraduate teaching

Tutor in Criminal Law, University of Edinburgh School of Law

Research summary

Hilda's research interests lie in the fields of global health, medical law , mental health law and  bioethics.

Current research interests

My current research evaluates the conceptual application of autonomy and paternalism in the regulation of mental healthcare in low-resource settings in the Global South, with a particular focus on Tanzania.

Conference details

Third UK and Ireland Mental Diversity Law Conference held on 6th- 7th July 2023 at the University of Nottingham