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Visiting Researchers

Edilu Shona Dikale

Edilu Shona Dikale is an Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Law; Hawassa University, Ethiopia, holding an LL.B and LL.M in international law. He is also serving as Hawassa Area Project Manager, on the “Project STRACE, at the Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University, since 2019. Formerly, he was a dean for College of Law and Governance, Hawassa University, 2015- 2019. Before joining the academics, he was also a judge at the high court of the then Sidama Zone, Ethiopia from 2007 -2012.

 His research interest includes International Human rights Law, Environmental Law & Public health, Natural Resources Law, Civil Procedure Laws, and Climate Change & Energy law. He was nominated as Teacher of the Year 2015/16 at Hawassa University, School of Law and granted a Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers at the University of Graz and undertaking a research as a visiting researcher.

Selected publications:

Chea Hankalo N , Alemayehu A , Fikre R , Shona E , COVID-19 Prevention Practices Among Prisoners, in Southern Ethiopia, Risk Management and Healthcare Policy 2022:15, https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S350257 (article).

Shona E, Insights on Ethiopia’s State of Emergency against Covid 19: A Descriptive Overview. Ann Bioethics, Clin App, 2021, Volume 4 :1, https://doi.org/10.23880/abca-16000157 (article).

Svitlana Andreichenko

Svitlana Andreichenko holds a Doctor of Sciences in Law, is the Head of the Department of international law and comparative law at International Humanitarian University and is Professor at the Department of International Law and European Law at the National University «Odessa Law Academy» (Odessa, Ukraine). She is specialized in international criminal law and focuses on human rights in extradition proceedings (topic of PhD thesis), as well as attribution of conduct to the state in international public law (topic of the doctoral dissertation). The thesis on attribution was the first research paper on that topic in Ukraine. She also co-authored the first Ukrainian textbook on ICL and teaches ILC personally to large audiences and small groups of enthusiastic students who attend the circle on international criminal law.

Selected publications:

Svitlana Andreichenko, Theoretical-conceptual understanding of categories “guilt”, “attribution” and “imputatіon” for the purposes of international responsibility of the state, 2019, In New tasks and directions for the development of juridical science in XXI century : collective monograph / S. S. Andreichenko , G. V. Chebotareva, A. V. Denysova, L. V. Didenko , etc. Lviv - Toruń : Liha - Pres, 2019. P. 1-16.

Svitlana Andreichenko, Grounds Excluding Criminal Responsibility in International Criminal Law, 2020, Constitutional state, Vol. 38. P. 153-161.

Hoitsimolimo Mutlokwa

Hoitsimolimo Mutlokwa is a Ph.D. candidate in public law at the Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. His doctoral research focuses on “Local Governments Pursuit to Social Inclusion: Perspectives from the South African and Turkish Legal and Policy Frameworks”. He holds a Master of Law in Public Law and Legal Philosophy of North West University South Africa. Moreover, he worked as a research assistant at the Emerging Markets and Welfare Institute in Istanbul and gained experience and worked in various attorney offices in South Africa.

Selected publications:

Hoitsimolimo Mutlokwa, Land Expropriation without Compensation in South Africa (IACL-AIDC Blog, 2020), available at: https://blog-iacl-aidc.org/2020-posts/2020/2/20/land-expropriation-without-compensation-in-south-africa

Hoitsimolimo Mutlokwa, Fighting COVID-19: Supportive Measures for Businesses and Workers in South Africa (Verfassungsblog, 2020) , available at: https://verfassungsblog.de/fighting-covid-19-supportive-measures-for-businesses-and-workers-in-south-africa/ 


Former Visiting Researchers

Elshaday K. Woldeyesus

Elshaday K. Woldeyesus is a lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Graz. 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 it, she worked in different non-governmental organisations 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. Her research interests include women’s rights, gender and politics, development, and human rights.

Selected publications:

Elshaday K. Woldeyesus, Pilar Domingo and Bezawit Bekele, 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), available at: https://odi.org/en/publications/policy-and-legal-analysis-notes-a-review-of-the-strategic-plan-for-a-multisectoral-response-to-violence-against-women-and-children-in-ethiopia/,

Elshaday K. Woldeyesus, The Influence of Ethiopian Women Parliamentarians on Policy Changes and Enforcement of Gender Equality Issues (APCJ, 2013).


Irina Criveț

Irina Criveț is a Ph.D. candidate on the Koç University Public Law programme, where she researches the dynamics of compliance with the case-law of the two new United Nations Treaty Bodies, namely the Convention on the All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). During her graduate studies, Irina served as a Reporter and Mentor on the Human Rights Law reporting project for Oxford Public International Law hosted by Koc University’s Centre for Global Public Law.

Selected publications:

Irina Criveț, Improving Domestic Compliance with UN Treaty Body Decisions, Open Global Rights, 2020, (blog post)

Over 15 reports of the United Nations human rights treaty body views published on Oxford Reports on International Law database, available at (http://opil.ouplaw.com/search?sfam=&q=irina+crivet&prd=ORIL&searchBtn=Search

Nino Parsadanishvili

Nino Parsadanishvili is the head of the Migration Competence Centre and invited Lecturer of the Master’s Program in migration management at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Her fields of research are Sustainable Development, Public International Law, WTO Law, Migration, Human Security. From 2016 to 2019 she was a Postdoctoral Research Grant holder for young scientists at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and from2016 to 2020 she was the consortium leader in the Erasmus+ project “Promoting Migration Studies in Higher Education”.

Selected publications:

Nino Parsadanishvili, The Levels of the Development of International Negotiations to Ensure Human Security and Poverty Eradication, 2020

Nino Parsadanishvili, Poverty Eradication – Controversies between the UN and the WTO, Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law, 2018 (article)

Fasil Mulatu Gessesse

Fasil is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Western Cape, Faculty of Law. His research focuses on the protection of child migrants in Africa, African regional human rights and development and human rights. He obtained an LL.M. in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights. He also obtained an Advanced Graduate Course (eqv. Graduate Diploma - magna cum laude) on Human Rights and Sustainable Development at the University of Antwerp. Currently he holds a teaching position at Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance, Centre for Human Rights, Ethiopia.

Selected 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) 2018.

Fasil Mulatu Gessesse and Abdulatif Kedir Idris, The Implications of Multiple Spousal; Relationships: Experience of Women in Hawasssa and Adama Towns, in Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights, Vol III, 2018 (article).

Fatma Kassem-Agbaria

Fatma Kassem-Agbaria holds a Ph.D. 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. She is an independent researcher, 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 analysing the mechanisms of oppressive power, gendered memory and women in conflict zones and peacebuilding.

Selected publications:

Fatma Kassem-Agbaria, Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memories, 2011.

Fatma Kassem-Agbaria, Developing New Leadership Among Bedouin Women in a Changing World, 2000.


Zerihun Yimer Geleta

Zerihun Yimer Geleta is an Assistant Professor at the School of Law and Federalism (SLF) of the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU). He was undertaking his Ph.D. at the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the University of Graz. His Ph.D. research focused on Human Rights and Development in Ethiopia. He was also a public prosecutor at Oromia Justice Bureau, Ethiopia and litigated before the Regional and Federal Supreme Court before joining the Ethiopian Civil Service College for teaching. He was also a Deputy Director of the former Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies, currently SLF of the ECSU.

Selected publications:

Zerihun Yimer Geleta, 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 (book chapter).

Zerihun Yimer Geleta, 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 (book chapter)

Sabiha Shala

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. Her research interests include European integration, international organisations and regimes, human rights, international environmental issues, intellectual rights, and plagiarism.

Selected publications:

Sabiha Shala, The potential of national parliament in the EU legal alignment process: the case of Kosovo, 2019 (article).

Sabiha Shala, The (non) respect of environmental legislation as a fundamental human right violation in republic of Kosovo, 2018 (conference paper).

Gjylbehare Bella Murati

Gjylbehare Bella Murati is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and International Diplomatic Law at Haxhi Zeka University, Kosovo. She holds a Ph.D. in Law from Ghent University, Belgium and a LL.M. from the Essex University, United Kingdom. Previously, she was an associate postdoctoral research fellow at the 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. Her areas of expertise are human rights and rule of law in post-conflict societies, accountability of international organizations and transitional justice.

Selected Publications:

Gjylbehare Bella Murati, UN Territorial Administration and Human Rights: The Mission in Kosovo, 2020 (monograph).

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, 2017 (article).

Tsige Gebremichael

Tsige Gebremichael is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Human Rights of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. 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. Her research areas include women rights, development and human rights, business and human rights and politics of human rights and culture and human rights. Tsige’s Ph.D. thesis examines the role of development policies in realizing women rights in Ethiopia: the law, policies and practice.

Selected publications:

Mengistu Welday Gebremichael, Yemane Berhane, Alemayehu Worku, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Disrespectful Maternity Care Experiences Negatively Influence Future Intention to Use Institutional Delivery in Northern Ethiopia, Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing. Vol.72, 2020 (article).

Tsige Gebremichael, Major Challenges and Opportunities of Realizing Rights of Employees: The Case of Female Employees of SHINTS Textile and Garment Factory at Bole Lemi Industrial Zone, 2016 (study).

Behaylu Girma

Behaylu Girma holds a Bachelor of Law, a LL.B. degree from Mekelle University, a Post-Graduate-Diploma in Police Science from Ethiopian Police University college, Management and a Leadership Certificate from Vision Institute of Civic and Social Development and a master’s degree in Law, LL.M. from Bahir Dar University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the Addis Ababa University Centre for Human Right Studies in Ethiopia 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 Ph.D. dissertation deals with “Responsibility Towards the Plights of Internally Displaced Persons in Ethiopia”.

Selected publications:

Behaylu Girma, Electronic Surveillance under Ethiopian laws, Gonder University School of Law, 2015.

Behaylu Girma, The Role of Forensic Science Evidence under Ethiopian Criminal Justice System, Arbaminch University, 2017.

Mihretab Mekonnen Beyene

Mihretab Mekonnen Beyene is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Addis Ababa University, Center for Human Rights, Ethiopia. He earned a LL.M. from the School of Law of Addis Ababa University. Mihretab has served as an instructor, researchers and research and community service coordinator at the Wilkite University. Mihretab’s research interest area is mainly on Human Rights and Business, with special emphasis on Business and child rights protection.

Selected publications:

Mihretab Mekonnen Beyene, The Effects of International Remittances on Poverty and Inequality in Ethiopia, 2014 (article).

Mihretab Mekonnen Beyene, The Link between International Remittances and Private Interhousehold Transfers, 2012 (article).

Elsabet Samuel Tadesse

Elsabet Samuel Tadesse is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Human Rights, Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia. 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. Tadesse is a journalist, media trainer and communication consultant based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. She is a Knight International Journalism Fellow, who efforts to improve health coverage at major news organizations in Ethiopia and build a vibrant community of health journalists.

Selected publications:

Endalew, M Muche, S Tadesse, Assessment of food security situation in Ethiopia: A Review, in Asian Journal of Agricultural Research 9 (2), 2015 (article).

B Endalew, M Muche, S Tadesse, Assessment of food security situation in Ethiopia, , World Journal of Dairy and Food Sciences 10 (1) (article).

Worku Yaze Wodage

Worku Yaze Wodage is an assistant professor of law at the Law School of Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. He is currently doing his Ph.D. at the Centre for Human Rights, College of Law and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University. In his PhD research he focuses on the Right to a Fair Trial in Ethiopia: Legal and Socio-Political Factors Impeding its Enforcement in Criminal Proceedings.

Selected publications:

Worku Yaze Wodage, 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 (article).

Worku Yaze Wodage, 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.

Anchinesh Shiferaw

Anchinesh holds a LL.M. in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a LL.B. from the Faculty of Law of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. She has experience in teaching in higher educational institutions, conducting research, providing capacity building training and implementing various projects for governmental and intergovernmental organizations. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University. She has been engaged in research activities which involve policy and legal analysis supported by empirical research.

Selected publications:

Anchinesh Shiferaw, Kuribachew Hailu, Help Seeking Experiences of Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Legal and Social Protections, Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights, 2018 (article).

Anchinesh Shiferaw, Reflection on Different Approaches to Child Rights Scholarship, Anchinesh Shiferaw and Fasil Mulatu, in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities, 2016 (article).

Girum Kinfemichael Gebremariam

Girum Kinfemichael has 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 Ph.D. studies in Austria at the University of Graz, in the framework of the AAPLHRE project. His Ph.D. research revolves around the operation and effect of Ethiopian federalism on intergroup relations. He has research interest in the fields of federalism, and international and regional politics, and has also diverse publications.

Selected publications:

Girum Kinfemichael, The Quest for Resolution of Guji-Gedeo Conflicts in Southern Ethiopia: A Review of Mechanisms Employed, Actors and Their Effectiveness, in Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities 10(1), 2014 (article).

Girum Kinfemichael, The Sino-Africa Strategic Partnership: The Need for Continental Approach, 2015 (article).


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.

Sisay Mengistie Addisu

Sisay Mengistie Addisu holds LL.M. in Human Rights Law and a M.A. in Federalism and Local Government Studies. Currently, he is a Lecturer in federalism and governance studies as well as a Ph.D. candidate in Human Rights at the College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. 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, as well as customary conflict resolution mechanisms.

Selected publications:

Sisay Mengistie Addisu, The rights of minorities under the Amhara Region Constitution, in: Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series (2012), Volume 5, School of Law (AAU) (article).

Sisay Mengistie Addisu, 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 (monograph).

Tesfaye Abate Abebe

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

Selected publications:

Tesfaye Abate Abebe, Insurance Intermediaries in Ethiopia: The Law and the Practice, 2012 (monograph).

Tesfaye Abate Abebe, The Right to Food in Ethiopia, in Wolfgang Benedek et. al., Ethiopian and Wider African Perspectives on human rights and good governance, 2012 (book chapter).

Mekdes Tadele Woldeyohannes

Mekdes Tadele Woldeyohannes is currently an Assistant Professor of law at the Ethiopian Civil Service University, School of Law and Federalism where she teaches the course ‘Advanced Issues in Taxation’ to LL.M. students. She researched on topics related to environmental regulation, corporate social responsibility, employment relations and women rights. Mekdes received her Ph.D. from the University of Warwick (UK) in 2017. Her thesis focuses on environmental protection challenges and regulatory frameworks in relation to the Ethiopian floriculture industry.

Selected publications:

Mekdes Tadele Woldeyohannes, Gender and the Law, Mekdes Tadele and Alebachew Birhanu, 2010, (published by the support of the Netherlands NUFFIC-NPT project (monograph).

Mekdes Tadele Woldeyohannes, 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 (article).

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