Abdi Jibril Ali is a PhD research fellow. He studied law at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He completed his Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (2009) at University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also received postgraduate diploma in international protection of human rights (2012) from Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

Before joining the Human Rights Centre, he was a lecturer at Haramaya University Faculty of Law (2006—2012) and Ethiopian Civil Service University Institute of Federalism (2012). He is assistant professor of human rights law at Addis Ababa University (since 2013).

Abdi Jibril Ali’s PhD research examines regional protection of economic, social and cultural rights. The study focuses on the actual and potential role of the African Union’s human rights system for effective legal protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Africa. It compares the African human rights system with the universal and Inter-American systems, and assesses the impact of the African system at the domestic level.



POSITION PhD Research Fellow

EMAIL abdijibril.ali[@]

WORKING DAYS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

OFFICE HOURS: 09.00 h – 17.00 h

CONTACT HOURS: On appointment

VISITING ADDRESS: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Paddenhoek 5, 1st Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


  • Assistant Professor, School of Law, Addis Ababa University.
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes, College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University.
  • Lecturer (October 2012 to March 2013), Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies, Ethiopian Civil Service University.
  • Lecturer (2006—2012), College of Law, Haramaya University.
    Associate Dean (March 2010 to December 2011), College of Law, Haramaya University.
  • Secretary of National Curriculum Implementation Committee, Justice and Legal System Research Institute.


University Degrees

  • LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (2009), University of Pretoria
  • LLB, Haramaya University, Ethiopia (November 2001 to July 2006)

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Protection of Human Rights (August 2012), Åbo Akademi University (Finland).
  • Postgraduate diploma in Higher Education Teaching (2011), Haramaya University (Ethiopia)
  • Certificate in EU Project Cycle Management Training Programme (University of Pretoria, March 2009)
  • Certificate in Short Course in International Law (University of Pretoria, January 2009)
  • Certificate in Short Course on Socio-Economic Rights (University of Pretoria, March 2009)
  • Certificate in Short Course on Access to Medicine (University of Pretoria, May 2009)


  • International Human Rights Law (Addis Ababa University)
  • African Human Rights Law (Addis Ababa University)
  • International Human Rights Law (Ethiopian Civil Service University)
  • African Human Rights Law (Addis Ababa University)
  • African Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law, Constitutional Law (Haramaya University)


  • Fellowship of Special Research Fund (BOF) Ghent University 2015
  • Gold medal, awarded by Haramaya University, Haramaya, Ethiopia.


  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ethiopian Law, Addis Ababa University (2014-2015).
  • Assistant Editor, Haramaya Law Review (2011)
  • Member, Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association


  • African Human Rights Law
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • International Human Rights Law


  • Abdi Jibril Ali ‘The Right to development in Ethiopia’ in Eva Brems Human Rights and Development: Legal Perspectives from and for Ethiopia (Brill/Nijhoff, 2015).
  • Abdi Jibril Ali ‘The Role of Ethiopian Institute of the Ombudsman in Good Governance’ in Wolfgang Benedek et. al. Ethiopian and Wider African Perspectives on Human Rights and Good Governance (Graz: NWV Publications, 2014).
  • Abdi Jibril Ali ‘Derogation from Constitutional Rights and its Implication under the African Charter’ (2013) Law Democracy and Development Volume 17, pp 78-110.
  • Abdi Jibril Ali and Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua ‘Justiciability of Directive Principles of State Policy in Africa: The Experiences of Ethiopia and Ghana’ (March 2013) Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights Volume 1, pp 1-40.


All publications by Abdi Jibril Ali are listed in ORCID

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