Assefa Fiseha

Job Title

Associate professor


Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance, Center for Federal Studies



Area of Expertise

  • Conflict
  • Gender and constitutions
  • Diversity
  • Customary governance/legal pluralism
  • Human rights
  • Judicial system design
  • Minority issues
  • Participation
  • Power sharing (horizontal/vertical)
  • Religion
  • Security sector


Federalism and the Accommodation of Diversity in Ethiopia: A Comparative Study (2006); ‘Ethiopia’s Experiment in Accommodating Diversity: 20 Years Balance Sheet’ Regional and Federal Studies 22:4 (2012); Customary Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Ethiopia co-edited with two others (Assefa Fiseha, Gebre Yentiso and Fekade Azeze), (Addis Ababa: Eclipse Printing, 2011, 2012 two volumes); ‘Some Reflections on the Role of the Judiciary in Ethiopia” in Recht in Afrika 2011:1; “Addis Ababa: A Federal Capital in Search of a Stable and Efficient Governance System” in Enid Slack and Rupak Chattopadhyay (eds.) Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems (2009); ‘The System of Inter-governmental Relations (IGR) in Ethiopia: In Search of Institutions and Guidelines’ in the Journal of Ethiopian Law 23:1 (2009) and ‘Theory versus Practice in the Implementation of Ethiopia’s Ethnic Federalism,’ in David Turton (ed.) Ethnic Federalism: The Ethiopian Experience in Comparative Perspective (2006).

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