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Visiting Researchers

Fasil Mulatu Gessesse

Fasil is a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Cape, Faculty of Law. His doctoral research focuses on the protection of child migrants within Africa. He obtained LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from University of Pretoria, Center for Human Rights. He also obtained Advanced Graduate Course (eqv. Graduate Diploma (30 Credits/ECTS) (magna cum laude) ) on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Law. He has received Open Society Foundation, UNESCO, VLIR-VOS, EU scholarships. Currently, he holds a teaching position at Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance, Center for Human Rights. He has served as Course Coordinator for MA Program in Human Rights, Coordinator of Child Rights Research Project at the Center for Human Rights. Previously, he worked with NGOs and intergovernmental organizations including a consultant for the World Bank Group, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Save the Children International.

His research interests include African regional human rights institutions, child rights, migration law, refugee law, and development and human rights.  He has published on areas of refugee and migration law, children’s rights, women rights and CSO law.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Tadesse Kassa W., Fasil Mulatu Gessesse and Jetu Edosa C. Legal Residency, Legal Identity and Civil Documentation Rights of Refugees in Ethiopia Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) December 2018.  
  • Tadesse Kassa W., Fasil Mulatu Gessesse and Jetu Edosa ‘Legal Frameworks Governing Tenancy Law and Lease Agreement Applicable to Refugees in Ethiopia’ Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) December 2018.  
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse and Abdulatif Kedir Idris ‘The Implications of Multiple Spousal; Relationships: Experience of Women in Hawasssa and Adama Towns’ Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights, Vol III, April 2018.
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse ‘Recommendations for the Ethiopia refugee legislative and policy framework Reform in light of international and regional standards’ the World Bank Group and Ethiopian Investment Commission, April 2017.
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse ‘Brief Note on the Best Interest of the Child and Child Participation from International Law Perspective’ in Kokebe Wolde (ed) Judicial Application of the best interest of the Child Principle, Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababab University, 2016. 
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse ‘Follow-up Assessment Report on Unaccompanied and Separated Migrant Children Returnees on the Horn of Africa-Gulf of Aden Migration Route’ conducted to International Organization for Migration (IOM) March 2016, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse ‘Review of the Laws and Policies of Ethiopia and Yemen on Unaccompanied and Separated Children’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) July 2015, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse and Rubiyat Mohammed Seid ‘Revitalizing the Role of Human Rights Organizations in Ethiopia’ Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights, Vol II December 2014.
  • Fasil Mulatu Gessesse and Rakeb Messele Aberra ‘Child Impact Assessment of the Draft Child Policy of Ethiopia’ Center for Human Rights, January 2014 Addis Ababab University and Save the Children.
  • Baseline Study for a Comprehensive Child Law in Ethiopia (Contributor) September 2013, Addis Ababab University and Save the Children.

Nino Parsadanishvili

Fields of interest: Public International Law, WTO Law, Migration, Human Security

Capacities:

  • Head of Migration Competence Cente, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Invited Lecturer, MA Program in Migration Management, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Post Doctoral Research Grant holder for young scientists – Shota Rustaveli National Science foundation, 2016-2018
  • Consortium Leader in Erasmus + Project: “Promoting Migration Studies in Higher Education”  (2016-2019)
  • Consortium Leader in Tempus Project: “Migration and Higher Education Developing Skills and Capacity” (2012-2015)

List of Publications:

Monograph
The Correlation between International and Domestic Laws According to the WTO Case Law, 2016

Articles

  • The Role of WTO in Migration Management, Journal of International Law, (2018 - Forthcoming)
  • General Agreement on Trade in Services and Migration Management, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, (2013)
  • Trafficking Prevention – The World Practice and Georgia, Journal of International Law (no.2 2010)
  • Legalised Murder,  Modern Challenges of the Protection of Human Rights (2009)
  • Protection of Consumers from Genetic Engineering Within International Law and Internal Legislations of states, Journal of International Law (no.1 2009)
  • The Legalisation of Euthanasia Within The Law And Bible, Georgian Law Review (10 #4 2007)

Fatma Kassem-Agbaria

Fatma Kassem-Agbaria holds a PhD from the Department of Behavioral Science at Ben-Gurion University. Currently she is working on Palestinian and Jewish Israeli women dialogue, questioning the assumption of women as catalysts for peace.

Fatma has both academic and practical training in dialouge between conflict parties. She has been a facilitator and lecturer of a group of Jewish and Palestinian Israeli students at various academic institutions. Fatma is an independent researcher. She has been involved in inter-communal women empowerment projects and has been a teacher, lecturer and facilitator of national and international conflict projects. Her research interests are in the field of gender studies that intersect with sociology and peace studies, mainly analyzing the mechanisms of oppressive power, gendered memory and women in conflict zones and peacebuilding. She has published on Bedouin women in their higher education pursuit, Negotiating Tribal and State Patriarchies, Allah, al-Mlik, al-Watan – The sacred Triangle: Women's Images in the Jordanian History Textbook, and Storytelling as a Way to Work through Intractable Conflicts: The German-Jewish Experience and its Relevance to the Palestinian-Israeli Context. Her latest book publication is Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memories.

Elshaday K. Woldeyesus

Elshaday K. Woldeyesus is a lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and currently a PhD candidate at the University of Graz in Austria. Her doctoral research examines political representation of women in Ethiopia. Woldeyesus has served as the head of the Centre for Human Rights from 2012 to 2015. Before joining the Centre, she worked in different nongovernmental organizations and was a researcher on the political participation of women at the Africa Programme of the University for Peace. She worked as a consultant on various projects for different local and international organizations mainly in the areas of gender, development and human rights. She served as Policy and Legal Analysis lead in Ethiopia for “Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence” Research Project, managed by Overseas Development Institute. Woldeyesus was Fulbright Humphrey Fellow based at American University Washington College of Law in 2015/16.  She holds Master’s degree in Gender and Peacebuilding from United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Her research interests include women’s rights, gender and politics, development and human rights. She has coauthored “Policy and legal analysis notes: a review of the strategic plan for a multisectoral response to violence against women and children in Ethiopia” (ODI, 2018), coauthored “The Influence of Ethiopian Women Parliamentarians on Policy Changes and Enforcement of Gender Equality Issues” (APCJ, 2013), and a teaching manual on Gender and Human Rights (CHR, 2016).

Zerihun Yimer Geleta

Zerihun Yimer Geleta is an Assistant Professor of Law at School of Law and Federalism(SLF) of the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU). He is currently undertaking his PhD at the Institute of International Law and International Relations of Graz University. His PhD research is on Human Rights and Development in Ethiopia: a Strenuous Relationships. He was also a public prosecutor at Oromia Justice Bureau, Ethiopia and litigated before Regional and Federal Supreme Court before joining the Ethiopian Civil Service College for teaching. In his teaching career he has taught and advised MA and LLM students; prepared modules for both MA and LLM Programs. He was also a Deputy Director of the former Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies, currently SLF of the ECSU.

He has engaged in different community services like giving pieces of training to the local communities on issues related to human rights and constitution. Accordingly, he has been awarded certificates and letters of recognition by different institutions.

  • Certificate of Recognition from Addis Ababa City Administration for the research paper ‘Governance and Justice Sector Reform in Addis Ababa City Administration’, a research paper presented during the 125th Anniversary of the Establishment of Addis Ababa City in 2012.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the 5th Federalism Conference Secretariat and the House of the Federation for the research paper “The Status, Powers and Functions of Local Governments in Oromia”, an article presented at the 5th International Conference on Federalism in 2010.
  • Letter of Recognition from Ministry of Federal Affairs for the different community services in giving trainings in 2010.
  • Certificate of Recognition from APAP for active participation during the Second National Moot Court Competition on Human Rights held at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia in 2007.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the House of the Federation (HoF) of Ethiopia for winning the Constitutional Related Issues Competition organized by TAMSOL Communication and the (HoF) in 2007.
  • Furthermore, he has presented his research findings related to human rights, election, electoral violence and early warning, federalism, Intergovernmental Relations, resource and conflict, constitution and constitutionalism, etc. in national and international conferences.

Recent publications:

  • A Book Chapter, “Cites Governance and its Implication for Human Rights Protection in the Oromia National Regional State of Ethiopia”, in Benedek Wolfgang (ed.), et al, Ethiopia and Wider African Perspectives on Human Rights and Good Governance, Graz: Verlag Recht, 2014.
  • A Book Chapter, “Environmental Right and its Implication on Development in Ethiopia: a Strenuous Relationship” in EVA Brems(ed.), Etal, Human Rights and Development, Leiden/Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2015
  • A book on “The Status of Local Governments in Ethiopia: a Comparative Study”, LAP Lambert Publisher in 2011.
  • An article on “Institutional Organization and Fiscal Autonomy of Local Governments in the Regional State of Oromia”, Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Journal of Public Management and Development in 2011.
  • An Article on Gender Determinants of Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS: Case Study from Gunchure Town, 2011.
  • Assistant researcher of the book edited by Gebre Yntiso, Fekede Azeze and Assefa Fiseha on “Customary Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Ethiopia”, 2011, Addis Ababa.
  • Assistant researcher (Annotator) of the “Annotated Bibliography of Studies on Customary Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Ethiopia”, 2011, Addis Ababa.
  • A Book Chapter, “The Status, Powers, and Functions of Local Governments in Oromia”, in Alem Habtu (ed.), Ethiopian Federalism: Principle, Process, and Practice, Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa University Press, 2010.

Sabiha Shala

Prof.Ass.Dr. Sabiha Shala teaches International and European Law and at the same time serves as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of “Haxhi Zeka” Peja (UHZ), Kosovo. She is also a part time professor at the European School of Law and Governance. Formerly, Shala served as Vice-Chair of the University Board at UHZ and as Chief Executive officer in the Agency for European Integration at the Kosovo Prime Minister Office. She worked as a consultant on various projects with different international organizations such as: EU, UNHCR, UNDP, and OSCE. She obtained a doctoral degree on Law at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolise in France. She holds an LL.M in International and European Law from University of Riga, Latvia as well as an additional specialization in the field of diplomacy obtained from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Her bachelor studies in General Law finished at the University of Pristina in Kosovo.

Her research interests include European Integration, International Organizations and regimes, human rights, international environmental issues, intellectual rights and plagiarism, ect. Some of her recent publications include: “The potential of national parliament in the EU legal alignment process: the case of Kosovo”; “Plagiarism in Kosovo: A case study of two public universities’’; “Challenges in publishing in newly established universities (Kosovo and Macedonia)”; “Who is responsible for ethical legal education, for what and to whom? Case of Kosovo’’; ‘’Environmental Protection as Human Right-International, European and national legislation”; ‘’Is the EU Historic Mission Still Alive or Achieved? Case of Kosovo and Serbia’’; ‘’The (non) respect of environmental legislation as a fundamental human right violation in republic of Kosovo.’’ect.

Gjylbehare Bella Murati

Gjylbehare Bella Murati is Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Diplomatic Law at Haxhi Zeka University, Kosovo. She holds a PhD in Law from Ghent University, Belgium, LL.M. from Essex University in United Kingdom and B.A in Law from Universities of Prishtina, Kosovo, and Utrecht, the Netherlands. Previously, she was an associate postdoctoral research fellow at Human Rights Centre in Ghent, Belgium as well as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition she was a visiting lecturer at European inter-university center for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice Lido, Italy,  Prior to her academic career she worked for various organizations both national and international.

Her areas of expertise are human rights and rule of law in post-conflict societies, accountability of international organizations and transitional justice.

Publications:

  • Sabiha Shala & Gjylbehare Murati : Who is responsible for Ethical Legal Education, for what and to whom? Case of Kosovo: International Journal on Responsibility, Vol.1.Issue 1. October 2017
  • Gjylbehare Murati,Layered Justice. Assessing the acceptance of the multiple   international criminal justice mechanisms in post-war Kosovo”, Chapter in After Nuremberg, Exploring Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of International Criminal Justice ( eds) Susanne Buckley-Zistel, International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Germany, April 2017 (open access)
  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati & Vedat Sahiti, Religion at School: To teach or not to Teach? The case of Kosovo “, Chapter in, Education in Post-conflict Transition, (eds), Gorana Ognjenovic & Jasna Jozelic, Palgrave, 2017.
  • Gjylbehare BellaMurati, “Surrogate state’s approach to transitional justice”, a book chapter, in: ”The Legacy of Crimes and Crises. Transitional Justice, Domestic Change and  the Role of the International Community, Peter Lang International, 2016
  • Gjylbehare  Bella Murati, Promoting reconciliation in Kosovo, A book chapter Civil Society in Post conflict Kosovo, Centre for Political Courage, Prishtine, 2012
  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati, “The Ombudsperson Institution vs. UNMIK”, (chapter in, Accountability for Human Rights Violations by International Organisations ,  Intersentia 2010, Belgium)
  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati,The implementation of the principles of the international law which promotes and protects the rights of persons belonging to national minorities into domestic law” in Supporting Kosovo policy-making towards European integration, Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, Prishtina, Kosovo December 2006.
  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati, “The process of healing war wounds in Kosova”,  Article in Temida, The journal on victimization, human rights and gender, January 2005, Victimology Society of Serbia, Belgrade
  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati,The Independence of the Judiciary and its Role in the Protection of Human Rights under UN Administration Using the Case of Kosova”, Conference paper , European Society of International Law, ESIL , Florence Agora Paper.
  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati “The legal status of Kosovar Albanian detainees transferred from Kosovo by the FRY authorities during the hostilities in Kosovo”, Article in Journal of Human Rights and Policy, Prishtina, Kosovo, Third issue, 2009.

Forthcoming:

BOOK:

  • Gjylbehare Bella Murati: UN Territorial Administration and Human Rights: The Mission in Kosovo, Book, Publishing House, Routledge, 2020.

Former Visiting Researchers

Tsige Gebremichael

Tsige Gebremichael is a PhD student at the Center for Human Rights of Addis Ababa University. She holds MA in Human Rights and BA in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University.

Tsige was a lecturer in Debre Birhan University for a year and half. Currently she works in Mekelle University as a lecturer, researcher and community service provider in the department of Political Science and Strategic Studies. She is a young and vibrant scholar interested in research areas including women rights, development and human rights, business and human rights and politics of human rights and culture and human rights.

Tsige’s PhD thesis examines the role of development policies in realizing women rights in Ethiopia: the law, policies and practice. She has also conducted a research on “realizing rights of employees: the case of employees of SHINTS Textile and Garment Factory at Bole Lemi Industrial Zone.” She also conducted a research entitled as ‘School Discipline and Its Implications to Children Corporal Punishment in public Primary Schools of Basowerena Woreda of Northern Shewa Zone’.  She co-researched a study on ‘Awareness, domestication and implementation of SDGs in Ethiopia: Goal 5’

Behaylu Girma

Behaylu Girma holds a Bachelor of Law, LLB degree from Mekelle University, Post Graduate Diploma in Police Science from Ethiopian Police University college, Management and Leadership Certificate from Vision Institute of Civic and Social Development and master’s degree in Law, LLM from Bahir Dar University. Currently, he is a PhD student at Addis Ababa University Center for Human Right Studies and a freelancer consultant on law and police science. His area of interest is police science, human rights and particularly migration. As a visiting researcher his PhD dissertation deals with “Responsibility Towards the Plights of Internally Displaced Persons in Ethiopia”.

He has more than ten years experiences in teaching, research and consultancy services on the area of law and police science. He was tactical crime investigation coordinator and crime investigation diploma program manager at Ethiopian Police University College. He is a certified trainer on the area of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. In cooperation with general attorney and international organization for migration he gave different training for regional and federal investigators, public prosecutors and judges at different times. As a national consultant he has conducted consultancy service with GIZ on BMM Project. He was also a green environment coordinator at Ethiopian Police University College and engaged on different community and voluntary services. As a result, he is certified as Ambassador for Peace by Universal Peace Federation.

Paper presentations

  • Trends and patter of terrorism crime in Ethiopia (2011) at Ethiopian Police University College
  • Electronic Surveillance under Ethiopian laws (2015) Gonder University School of Law
  • The Role of Forensic Science Evidence under Ethiopian Criminal Justice System (2017) Arbaminch University

Mihretab Mekonnen Beyene

Mihretab Mekonnen Beyene is currently PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University, Center for Human Rights. He earned LL.M. (Master of Laws in Human Rights) from the School of Law of Addis Ababa University, in 2011. He has also earned LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) Degree with Distinction from Hawassa University Law Faculty, in 2007. Mihretab has served as instructor, researchers and research and community service coordinator at Wilkite University. Earlier (2011-2015), he was an employee of Mizan-Tepi University, where he served as an instructor, researcher, and practitioner of law and legal affairs director of the University. Moreover, he has served as a legal advisor, public prosecutor and human rights educator and trainer of law at various governmental institutions and local NGOs, federal and state agencies, as well as a self-employed Consultant and Attorney-at-Law since October 2012. Mihretab’s research interest area is mainly on Human Rights and Business; with special emphasis on Business and child rights protection.

Elsabet Samuel Tadesse

Elsabet Samuel Tadesse is a PhD student at the Center for Human Rights, Addis Abeba University. Her Doctoral research scrutinizes Ethiopia’s experience, uncertainties and opportunities in advancing freedom of expression in the digital era taking the case of the recent public protest in the country.

Elsabet is a journalist, media trainer and communication consultant based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. She obtained her MA in Human Rights and BA in Journalism and Communication from Addis Ababa University.    Elsabet, a Knight International Journalism Fellow, spearheaded efforts to improve health coverage at major news organizations in Ethiopia and build a vibrant community of health journalists. Her media broadcasts and articles mainly focus on human rights and development issues such as health, migration and gender related violence. Elsabet worked as a Senior Producer for the BBC World Service Trust, Panos Ethiopia and International Center for Journalists in different capacities. She also served as a Communications Consultant to the International Organization for Migration.

Elsabet has written researched articles and analysis on various issues. She also published a chapter “Urban Violence Against Women: Case assessment and analysis in Addis Ababa” in a quarterly journal of Panos East Africa, Reflection.

Worku Yaze Wodage

Worku Yaze Wodage is an assistant professor of law at the Law School of Bahir Dar University. He is currently doing his PhD at the Center for Human Rights, College of Law and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University. His PhD research is on The Right to a Fair Trial in Ethiopia: Legal and Socio-Political Factors Impeding its Enforcement in Criminal Proceedings. Some of his previous published works include:

  • ‘Presumption of Innocence and the Requirement of Proof Beyond reasonable Doubt: Reflections on Meaning, Scope and their Place under Ethiopian Law’, 3 Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series (2010);
  • ‘Issue Framing and Deciding Burdens of Proof in Civil Cases: A comment on Ato Gebru G/Meskel v Priest G/Medhin Reda case,’ 1(1)Bahir Dar Univ. L J (2010);
  • ‘Operation and Effect of Presumptions in Civil Proceedings: An Inquiry into the interpretation of Art 2024 of the Ethiopian Civil Code’, 4(2)Mizan L. Rev (2010);
  • ‘Status and Role of Victims of Crime in the Ethiopian Criminal Justice System’, 2(1) Bahir Dar Univ. L J (2011);
  • ‘Burdens and Standards of Proof in Possession of Unexplained Property Prosecutions’, 8(1)Mizan L. Rev (2014);
  • ‘Criminalization of ‘Possession of Unexplained Property’ and the Fight against Public Corruption: Identifying the Elements of the Offence under the Criminal Code of Ethiopia’, 8(1)Mizan L. Rev (2014);
  • ‘Burdens of Proof, Presumptions and Standards of Proof in Criminal Cases’, 8(1) Mizan L. Rev (2014).

Anchinesh Shiferaw

Anchinesh holds LL.M in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from University of Pretoria, South Africa and LL.B from the Faculty of law of Addis Ababa University.
She has experience in teaching in higher educational institutions, conducting research, providing capacity building trainings and implementing various projects for governmental and intergovernmental organizations. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University. She co-teaches ‘International Human Rights Law‘ and ‘Gender and Human Rights’ courses to MA students. She has been engaged in research activities which involve policy and legal analysis supported by empirical research. She gained practical experience by involving in monitoring and reporting human rights situations in Ethiopia while working for Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. She carried out various consultation works with UN Women on violence against women and other organizations. She also participated in a research project that analyzed women’s rights in Ethiopian plural justice system. At the earliest stage of her professional life, she worked as a lecturer at Jimma University for three year.

Publications

  • Anchinesh Shiferaw and Kuribachew Hailu (2018), Help Seeking Experiences of Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Legal and Social Protections, Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights, Center for Human Rights (forth coming)
  • Anchinesh Shiferaw and Fasil Mulatu (2016), Reflection on Different Approaches to Child Rights Scholarship in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities in Helena Calleeuw and Sara Lembrechts (eds.), Critical Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights Between the Local and the Global: Course Report
  • Anchinesh Shiferaw, 2016, A Review of Ethiopia’s UPR Reports: Cycles, Recommmendations, and Follow-up Actions in Kjetil Tronvoll (ed.), Supplementary Report under the project Protection of women’s Rights in the Justice Systems of Ethiopia, ILPI Series, ILPI.
  • Anchinesh Shiferaw, 2016, Beyond Joint Land Titling in Ethiopia: Rural Women’s Rights to Productive Resources in Kjetil Tronvoll (ed.), Supplementary Report under the project Protection of Women’s Rights in the Justice Systems of Ethiopia, ILPI Series, ILPI.
  • Anchinesh Shiferaw and Gedion Timothewos, 2016, Women’s Rights in Ethiopia: Gender and Development Dynamics in Kjetil Tronvoll (ed.), Supplementary Report under the project Protection of women’s Rights in the Justice Systems of Ethiopia, ILPI Series, ILPI.
  • Anchinesh Shiferaw and Ghetnet Mitiku, 2013, Assessment of Legal Aid in Ethiopia: A Research Report, Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University.
  • Anchinesh Shiferaw (co-authored), 2013, Baseline Study for a Comprehensive Child Law in Ethiopia, Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University.

Girum Kinfemichael Gebremariam

Girum Kinfemichael Gebremariam holds an MA in Federal Studies and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University. Since then Girum worked for various institutions, colleges and NGOs at various capacities. In subsequent years in his teaching career, he served as a senior lecturer at the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU), Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies (now School of Law and Federalism) before obtaining an APPEAR scholarship in March 2017 to carry out his PhD studies in Austria at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, in the framework of the AAPLHRE project.
His PhD research revolves around the operation and effect of Ethiopian federalism on intergroup relations. As part of his PhD project, he has travelled, participated and presented a research paper in the area of federalism and accommodation of diversity. More recently, he has presented a research paper entitled ‘Federalism and Intergroup Relations in Multi-ethnic States: The Ethiopian Experience’ at a Workshop on ‘Governing Diversity in the 21st Century: The Quest for National Unity and Contested Accommodation of Minorities in Heterogeneous States’ which held from 21-22 September 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

He has research interest in the fields of federalism, and international and regional politics, and has also diverse publications. Some of them include:

  • ‘The Quest for Resolution of Guji-Gedeo Conflicts in Southern Ethiopia: A Review of Mechanisms Employed, Actors and Their Effectiveness’, Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities 10(1) (2014):59-100.
  • Federalism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Ethiopia: The Case of Guji-Gedeo Conflict (Saarbrücken: LAP, 2012).
  • The Sino-Africa Strategic Partnership: The Need for Continental Approach (2015).
  • Ethio-China Partnership: Its Implication for European Development Policy (2015).
  • Calls for Vibrant Industrial Policy for Economic Transformation in Africa (2015).
  • In addition, he has reviewed a journal article entitled
  • ‘Peace Building or Development? The Dynamics of Conflict and the Role of the NGOs in the Borana Area of Ethiopia,’ which has been published in the Ethiopian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (EJOSSAH) in 2015, Vol.11, No.1.

Ruslan Sharipov

Ruslan Sharipov is a second year master student at the Law faculty of Kazan Federal University (Russia). He specializes in International Human Rights Protection. During his master's studies, he was selected by the coordinating Consortium of universities as one of the most active students and given the possibility to conduct research at one European university – in his case, at the University of Graz.
He was a participant of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2016, making it to the international round in Washington D.C. where his team was awarded with the “Best Exhibition Memorials” prize. Additionally, he was a part of Jean-Pictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law in 2016 (Evian-les-Bains/ France; Geneva/ Switzerland) and the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in 2016 and 2017 with his team ranking third and first at the international rounds (the Hague, the Netherlands), respectively. In 2016, he was awarded with the Best Orator Prize in the Hague.

Sisay Mengistie Addisu

Sisay Mengistie Addisu holds a Bachelor Degree of Laws (LL.B), a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law (LL.M) and an MA in Federalism and Local Government Studies. Currently, he is a Lecturer in federalism and governance studies as well as a PhD Candidate in Human Rights at the College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University (AAU). Previously, he was also an Instructor of Law at Bahir Dar University, Faculty of Law, the Deputy Head of Justice Bureau of Amhara national regional state and Director General, Amhara Region Justice Professionals’ Training and Legal Research Institute, among others.
His area of research interest is human rights in general and minority rights in particular, as well as customary conflict resolution mechanisms. He also actively engages in community services including giving trainings to judges and public prosecutors as well as police officers of both federal and regional state governments. He is also advocate at any level of federal courts and consultant at law.
Recent publications:
•    The rights of minorities under the Amhara Region Constitution, in: Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series (2012), Volume 5, School of Law (AAU).
•    Customary conflict resolution mechanisms in Ethiopia: the case of Raya community (2012).
•    Monograph (in Amharic): The Quest for identity and political struggles of the peoples of Raya and Reponses of Central Government of Ethiopia from Emperor Yohanes the IV to EPRDF (2013).
•    Book chapter: Autonomy of City Administrations in Ethiopia: Case Study of Amhara National Regional State in Asnake Kefal/Assefa Fisseha (eds.)

Tesfaye Abate Abebe

Tesfaye Abate Abebe was awarded his LL.B in 1995 and LL.M in 2006 from Addis Ababa University, School of Law. He holds an Intermediate Diploma in International Diplomacy from the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, Addis Ababa  (1999). He has worked as a public prosecutor at the former Ministry of Justice and at the Federal Ethics and Anticorruption Commission before he joined the academia. Since 2005, he has been working as instructor at different Universities. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Wollo University, School of Law.
He has been a Dean to The School of Law at Alpha University College.
Currently, he is an Assistant Professor and Head of the School of Law and Federalism at the Ethiopian Civil Service University.

Research works
Book and Book Chapter

  • Insurance Intermediaries in Ethiopia: The Law and the Practice, 2012.
  • The Right to Food in Ethiopia, a book chapter, in Wolfgang Benedek et. al., Ethiopian and Wider African Perspectives on human rights and good governance, 2012.

Journal Articles

  • Hearsay Evidence (in Amharic), Mizan Law Review, Vol. 6. No. 1., June 2012
  • Environmental Impact Assessment in Ethiopia: the Law & the Practice, Haramaya University, College of Law Journal, 2012
  • Accomplice under Ethiopian Criminal Law (1996 EC in Amharic).

Teaching Materials

Teaching Materials Prepared for All Law Schools at National Level in Ethiopia

  • Materials on Introduction to Law and Ethiopian Legal System, sponsored by the Justice and Legal System Research Institute, Addis Ababa, February, 2007.
  • Investment Law, (Teaching Material), Sponsored by the Justice and Legal Research Institute, Addis Ababa, 2008

Alpha University College, Faculty of Law

  • Law of Banking and Insurance: Principles and Cases, Alpha University College, February 2007(unpublished).

Presentations

  • Law of Sustainable Large Scale Agricultural Investment in Ethiopia, 21 March 2018 University of Graz.

Paper

  • Industrial Development and Environmental Laws in Ethiopia: The Case of Manufacturing Investment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Civil Service University, 2018 Publication in progress.

Mekdes Tadele Woldeyohannes

Mekdes Tadele Woldeyohannes is currently an Assistant Professor of law at Ethiopian Civil Service University, School of Law and Federalism where she offers ‘Advanced Issues in Taxation course to LL.M students. Prior to joining the school, Mekdes worked as lecturer at school of law of Bahir Dar University and she taught various courses, including labor law, business law, international economic law and international arbitration. She researched on topics related to environmental regulation, corporate social responsibility, employment relations and women rights.


Mekdes received her PhD from the University of Warwick (UK) in 2017.  Her thesis focused on environmental protection challenges and regulatory frameworks in relation to the Ethiopian floriculture industry. It provides analysis on factors that affect effective implementation of regulatory frameworks in the context of developing countries. Mekdes holds LL.M in International business law and globalization from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and LL.B from the Faculty of Law of Addis Ababa University.

Publications

  • Mekdes Tadele and Alebachew Birhanu, Gender and the Law, 2010, (published by the support of the Netherlands NUFFIC-NPT project )
  • Mekdes Tadele, Regulating the Environmental Impact of Direct Investment in Developing Countries: The Need to Shift from a Command-and-Control Mechanism to a Multi-stakeholder Approach, Bahir Dar University Law Journal, 2013, Vol. 4, No. 1
  • Mekdes Tadele, Labour Conditions in the Ethiopian Flower Industry, Research Conducted for Bahir Dar University, School of Law , 2013-2014
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