Semahagn Gashu Abebe joined the Institute of Human Rights as a research scholar in August 2014. He received his LLM and studied Masters (LLM) and Doctorate Degree (PhD) at the University of Goettingen. Abebe is the author of The Last Post Cold-War Socialist Federation: Ethnicity, Ideology and Democracy in Ethiopia (Ashgate 2014). He has also published in, among others, Saint Louis University Journal of Law, Journal of African Studies and Development and Goettingen Journal of International Law. His articles deal with constitutional, developmental and cultural issues pertinent to Sub-Saharan Africa. He has extensive teaching and research experience. He was formerly a lecturer of law at different universities in Ethiopia. In 2013-2014, he was O’ Brien Fellow at Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University and in 2012-2013; he was a Bank of Ireland post-doctoral fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland. He is currently teaching a course on Governance & Development in sub-Saharan Africa.