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Dr Berihun Gebeye
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
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  • Lecturer in Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Dr Berihun Gebeye joined the UCL Faculty of Laws in 2022 as a Lecturer in Law. Prior to joining UCL Laws, he was a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, a Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Vienna, and a postdoctoral research fellow under the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Comparative Constitutionalism held by Prof. Dr. Ran Hirschl at the University of Göttingen. He held visiting positions at the Columbia Law School, the Center for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He earned an S.J.D./Ph.D. in Comparative Constitutional Law (summa cum laude) from the Central European University in 2019. He holds law and human rights degrees from Haramaya University (LLB), Addis Ababa University (LLM), and Central European University (LLM). 

He sits on the Editorial Board of the German Law Journal and is a member of the Committee on New Directions in Scholarship of the ICON•S, The International Society of Public Law. He was one of the 2021 ICONnect Blog Columnists and a member of the 2022 Annual Meeting Committee of the American Society of International Law. In 2021, he delivered a plenary lecture at the Global Summit on the Future of Constitutionalism organized by the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a member of the editorial team of the IACL-AIDC blog. 

Research Summary

Dr Gebeye's research interests focus on comparative constitutional law, human rights, and international law and development. He is particularly interested in the intersection of legal and political theory, constitutional law and theory, and the law and politics of international (human rights) law. He uses interdisciplinary approaches and materials to study how the interaction between law, politics, and society impacts the design and practice of constitutionalism, human rights, and the rule of law in the African context. 


He is the author of A Theory of African Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2021). His other works have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals such as Global Constitutionalism, VRÜ/World Comparative Law, Vienna Journal of International Constitutional Law, Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, and Human Rights Review. He is currently working on the practice and theory of judicial review, constitutional identity, and current challenges and opportunities for constitutional democracy.  

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