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Adem Kassie Abebe

Senior Adviser, Constitution-Building Processes

Adem Kassie Abebe supports constitution-building processes around the world, and designs and implements projects particularly in transitions to peace and democracy in politically complex and fragile contexts. He convenes platforms for dialogue, advises and provides technical assistance to high level constitution and decision makers at national and international levels and to civil society stakeholders. He was an editor of and managed ConstitutionNet from 2016 to 2021, an online platform providing continuous updates on comparative constitutional reform processes around the world. A notable feature of ConstitutionNet is 'Voices from the Field', a series in which local experts provide analysis and updates on the process, content and principal actors in ongoing constitutional-reform proposals.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON) and Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL). In addition to his extensive publications, Abebe regularly publishes opinion pieces in prominent platforms including Foreign Policy and The Conversation and has appeared as commentator on major international and media outlets such as The BBC World News and France 24. He has also delivered lectures at universities in Belgium, Ethiopia, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland, and is invited to participate in high level conferences. He has served as assistant professor in the postgraduate studies programme of the Faculty of Law of the University of Addis Ababa.

Abebe has been recognized as an Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria.  He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, and was also granted a Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (UK), Centre of Governance and Human Rights (2011) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2012). He has been recognized since 2015 as a Fellow of the Centre for Jurisprudence and Constitutional Studies at Kabarak University in Kenya.

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Elections and constitutional governance, Ethiopia and Africa
Doctor of Laws (LL.D) (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Amharic, English
The Hague, Netherlands
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