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About Belachew M Fikre

Belachew Fikre is at present an East African Research Fellow at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, PhD candidate at the University of Surrey and a Lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Centre for Human Rights. His teaching subjects include Human Rights and Development, peace and transitional justice. Belachew obtained his undergraduate degree at Addis Ababa University School of Law (LLB) and his graduate degrees at the Royal Institute of Technology (Msc), University of Essex (LLM), and King's College London (MA). He will soon finalise his PhD research in law in the areas of empowerment and rural land rights at the University of Surrey.
Belachew's scholarship and research interest combine socio-legal disciplines of development, conflict and justice renditions. Untangling the intersections of the motives for states' securitisation with that of development and democratisation efforts have particularly inspired his writings on contemporary Ethiopian polity and beyond. His present PhD research focuses on exploring the dynamics of land rights structures in rural Ethiopia and the salient impact on empowerment of the poor. In so doing he aims at extrapolating his findings to the wider continent of Africa and the so called the 'Bottom Billion' of the world.
His previous posts include Faculty Dean and Lecturer at Bahir Dar University School of Law, Programme Officer at Action Professionals' Association for the People, and various consultancy assignments at Care International Ethiopia Office, United Nations Development Programme and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights East Africa Region Office.


Present East Africa Research Fellow, British Institute in Eastern Africa
Present PhD researcher, University of Surrey



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Human Rights Law (4)

Human Rights and Development (1)

Employment law (1)

Ethiopia's urban land policy (1)

Social Sciences, Criminal Law (1)