Dr. Berihun A. Gebeye

Dr. Berihun Adugna Gebeye was a postdoctoral research fellow under the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Comparative Constitutionalism and a guest researcher at the Max Planck Fellow Group in Comparative Constitutionalism from August 2019 to November 2020.

Dr. Gebeye holds an S.J.D. in Comparative Constitutional Law and an LL.M. in Human Rights (International Justice Specialization) from Central European University, an LL.M. in Human Rights Law from Addis Ababa University, and an LL.B from Haramaya University. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford, a Global Teaching Fellow at the Department of Law, University of Yangon, Myanmar and a Lecturer in Laws at Jigjiga University Law School, Ethiopia.

Research Interests
He uses interdisciplinary approaches and materials to study comparative constitutional law and politics, human rights, rule of law, law and development, international law, and democratisation in Africa. In his doctoral dissertation, he used what he calls “legal syncretism” as a theoretical framework to understand and explain the nature of the post-colonial African state, its organisation, structure, and notion of rights by taking Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa as comparative case studies. In addition to a book project developing from his doctoral dissertation, his current research focuses on how liberal constitutionalism influences and is influenced by cultural diversity and the politics of citizenship and human rights in ethnically and religiously diverse states in sub-Saharan Africa.