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SHORT BIO

Christophe Van der Beken is an associated Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is also an Associate Professor at the Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance Studies. He obtained his LLM (2000) and PhD degrees in law (2006) at Ghent University.

From 2000 to 2007 Christophe worked as an academic assistant at the Department of public law of Ghent University. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as a doctor-assistant at the same department, teaching courses in the field of law and development with particular attention to Africa. In 2010 Christophe became an Associate Professor at the Ethiopian Civil Service University in Addis Ababa where he is teaching courses in the field of federalism, constitutional law and minority rights.

His PhD research examined the relationship between federalism and the protection of minority rights focusing on Africa and Ethiopia. His current research focuses on federalism, sub-national constitutional law, minority rights and local government in Ethiopia.

Christophe is a member of the editorial board of Afrika Focus journal and of the IACL (International Association of Constitutional Law) research group on Subnational Constitutions in Federal and Quasi-Federal Constitutional States.

WORK DETAILS

ACADEMIC TITLE Dr.

FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME Christophe Van der Beken

POSITION Associated Postdoctoral Research Fellow

EMAIL Christophe.VanderBeken[@]UGent.be

SECRETARIAT +32 (0)9 264 69 11

TEL +251 9 20 32 80 18

CONTACT HOURS On appointment

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium or Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance Studies (2017 – ongoing).
  • Associate Professor, Ethiopian Civil Service University, Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies (2010 – 2017).
  • Doctor Assistant, Ghent University, Department of Constitutional Law & Human Rights Centre (2007 – 2010).
  • Academic Assistant, Ghent University, Department of Constitutional Law & Human Rights Centre (2000 – 2007)

EDUCATION

University degrees

  • Doctor in Law, Ghent University, Belgium, 2006
  • Graduate in the Advanced Studies in European Law (LLM), Ghent University, 2000
  • Licentiate in Law (5 year study programme) (LLB), Ghent University, 1999

TEACHING

  • Federalism and Human Rights (Ethiopian Civil Service University)
  • State Constitutions, Local Government and Good Governance (Ethiopian Civil Service University)

SCIENTIFIC HONORS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS

Award for best LLB thesis in the area of public law, awarded by Ghent University, 1999.

SIDELINE ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of the editorial board of Afrika Focus journal
  • Member of the IACL (International Association of Constitutional Law) research group on Subnational Constitutions in Federal and Quasi-Federal Constitutional States
  • Occasional peer review for various international academic journals
  • Head of the Department of Federalism and Local Government Studies, Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies, Ethiopian Civil Service University
  • Occasional consultancy

EXPERTISE

  • Federalism
  • Minority rights
  • Public Law in Ethiopia

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Federalism, Local Government and Minority Protection in Ethiopia: Opportunities and Challenges,” Journal of African Law, 2015 (forthcoming).
  • Eva Brems, Christophe Van der Beken and Solomon Abay Yimer, “Introduction: The Nexus between Human rights and Development from International and Ethiopian Perspectives,” in Eva Brems, Christophe Van der Beken and Solomon Abay Yimer (Eds.), Human Rights and Development – Legal Perspectives from and for Ethiopia, Brill, 2015, pp. 1-20.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Federalism in a Context of Extreme Ethnic Pluralism: the Case of Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region,” Verfassung und Recht in Uebersee – Law and Politics in Africa/Asia/Latin America, 2013, n° 1, 3-17.
  • Christophe Van der Beken and Yonatan Tesfaye Fessha, “Ethnic Federalism and Internal Minorities: the legal protection of minorities within minorities in Ethiopia,” African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2013, 21(1), pp. 32-49.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, Unity in Diversity – Federalism as a Mechanism to Accommodate Ethnic Diversity: the Case of Ethiopia, Munster, Lit Verlag, 2012, 352 p.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Constitutional Diversity in Ethiopia: A Comparative Analysis of Ethiopia’s Regional Constitutions,” Journal of African Development Studies, 2010, (Vol. 3), No. 1, 2010, 19-43.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Minority Protection in Ethiopia: Unravelling and Improving Ethnic Federalism,” Recht in Afrika, 2010, 243-273.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Federalism at the Regional Level? Unity in Diversity in Ethiopia’s Multi-Ethnic Regions,” in Assefa Fiseha and Getachew Assefa (eds.), Institutionalizing Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law: Towards a Constitutional Practice in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law, Ethiopian Constitutional Law Series, Vol.3, 2010, pp. 121-151.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Ethiopian Constitutions and the Accommodation of Ethnic Diversity: the Limits of the Territorial Approach,” in Tsegaye Regassa (ed.), Issues of Federalism in Ethiopia: Towards an Inventory, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law, Ethiopian Constitutional Law Series, Vol.2, 2009, pp. 217-300.
  • Christophe Van der Beken, “Ethiopia: Constitutional Protection of Ethnic Minorities at the Regional Level,” in Eva Brems and Christophe Van der Beken (eds.), Federalism and the Protection of Human Rights in Ethiopia, Münster, 2008, Lit Verlag.

ALL PUBLICATIONS

All publications by Christophe Van der Beken are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, ChristopheVanderbeken@BiblioUGent.

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