Zekarias Beshah

Zekarias Beshah Abebe [Acting Dean, College of Law]


Bio:Zekarias Beshah Abebe is an assistant professor in law and acting dean at the College of Law, Debre Berhan University. He earned his first degree in Law from Jimma University (2008) with distinction, and his Master’s degree in Public International Law from Addis Ababa University (2011). While his background is in law, he also did an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society at king’s College London which further broadens his expertise into the area of peace and security in the context of developing society.

Zekarias has been an African Leadership Centre Peace, Security and development fellow at King’s College London (2016/17), African Junior Professionals Fellow of the International Peace Institute (New York based independent non-profit lobby group), and a research intern at the University of Cape Town’s Department of Public Law. His research interest broadly lies in international organizational law (particularly the intricate relations between the Peace and Security Council of the African Union and its UN counterpart), environmental law, protests and social movements in Ethiopia, and development-security nexus.

Zekarias offers courses that are related to public international law for the undergraduate and postgraduate law students of the College.  

Projects and publications

  1. Developmental State and Ethnic Federalism in Ethiopia: Is Leadership the Missing Link? (2019), Leadership and developing society, Vol.3, no.1, pp. 95-127.
  2. Ethnic-Based Conflicts in Ethiopia’s Higher Education: The Case of Debre Berhan
    University (2019), Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy.
  3. MetEC’s Wasteful Blunders Should End Ethiopia’s Fling with Military Business, Ethiopia Insight, 22 November 2018
  4. From Rhetoric to Concrete Steps: Will reform in Ethiopia last? the global observatory, 11 July 2018
  5. The African Court with a Criminal Jurisdiction and the ICC: A Case for Overlapping Jurisdiction? (2017) African Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol.25, No.3, pp.418- 429
  6. Protest in Ethiopia: Underpinning Process Based Leadership as a Way Forward (2017), Leadership and developing society, Vol.2, No.1
  7. Responses to Unrest in Ethiopia Require Reckoning with Long-Standing Issues, the global observatory, 13 December 2017
  8. The status of Prisoner’s Rights and administration of penitentiary justice as an instrumentality for the reformation of prisoners: A case study in Shewa Robit Prison (2017), Proceeding of the 3r Annual International Research Symposium, May 11-13, 2016, vol.7, No.1 (Co- author).
  9. ‘Peace and Security Council of the African Union: To Compete or Complement the UN Security Council?’ (2011), Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany
  10. Developmental State in a Federated Ethiopia and its discontents, a book chapter accepted for an edited volume titled ‘Undoing Peace? Decoloniality or Epistemic Freedom in East Africa and the Great Lakes Region’ (Rowman & Littlefield International)


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