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 Prof. Yonatan Fessha

Position: Professor
Department: Public Law and Jurisprudence
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: PHD (University of the Western Cape (2008).
LLM (University of Pretoria (2004).
LLB, Faculty of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, (2001).
Diploma in ‘Federalism, constitutionalism and democratic governance in multicultural societies’, The Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, (2007).
Tel: 021 959 3287



Constitutional law
Human rights
Ethnicity and nationalism in plural societies
Federalism, Decentralisation, local government and intergovernmental relations


Constitutional law’
Advanced Public Law(elective)
‘Constitutional design for divided societies’ (postgraduate)


The role of ethnicity in the demarcation of internal boundaries in Ethiopia and South Africa (paper presented at the Annual Conference of International Association of Centers for Federal Studies, September 2012, Rome, Italy; with Profs Steytler and De Visser)

Federalism and the accommodation of ethnic diversity (paper presented at a ‘Constitution Building Workshops”,  Sudan 01-09 July 2012)

The legislature: Federal and decentralized options (paper presented at a conference on ‘Constitutional challenges in South Sudan’ 20-22 August, Juba, South Sudan)

Governing from the centre: Federal-state relations in Ethiopia paper presented at the Annual Conference of The International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS) Speyer, Germany, 29 September-1 October 2011

Constitutional principles for accommodating minorities within minorities (paper presented at the VIIIth World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law 6-10 December, 2010, Mexico City, Mexico).

Constitutional design for minorities within minorities: A critical assessment of the Ethiopian experience, 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies 3 November 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 On ‘constitutional design and the management of diversity in Africa’ at the  Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (Masters in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa),

On ‘Federalism, diversity and the regulation of conflict’ at the Centre for Federal Studies, Addis Ababa University (Masters in Federalism,)

On ‘minority rights’ at  the Faculty of Law, Addis Ababa University (Masters in Human Rights)





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