Zelalem Kibret

Zelalem Kibret is a visiting scholar with CHRGI. His research focuses on transitional politics and justice, post-conflict Africa, traditional justice, the role of individuals in International law and accountability vis-à-vis peacebuilding. He was a Professor of law at Ambo University in Ethiopia and he specialized on teaching Public International Law. During his tenure, he was teaching International Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, International Humanitarian Law and International Environmental Law.

Besides his teaching activities, Zelalem is a blogger at the Zone Nine Blogging platform, a collective which blogs and campaigns on Human Rights,Constitutionalism and Democracy. Along with his team, he won the 2015 Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) International Press Freedom award and the 2015 Reporter Sans Frontieres (RSF) Citizen-Journalist award.

Zelalem earned his LL.M degree from Addis Ababa University in Public International Law and has continued to work on issues of that are related with individualization of International Law. In June 2016 he was chosen as a fellow at The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which is a flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and spent six weeks at the University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s Highland and at James Madison’s Montpelier under the civic leadership track. His current work includes various projects focused on human rights and democratization all while continuing his writing activities. He speaks English and Amharic.


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