Past eventResearch Event

Horn of Africa, First Peace, then Justice: Dilemmas of Human Rights Enforcement in our Times

6 April 2009 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Bereket Habte Selassie, Professor of African Studies and Law, University of North Carolina
Chair: Sally Healy, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Professor Bereket will discuss human rights enforcement, drawing upon a number of highly topical examples from the Horn of Africa. These range from the ICC indictment of President Bashir, to the alleged torture of Binyam Mohamed in Guantanamo and alleged violations of international humanitarian law during Ethiopia's recently-ended intervention in Somalia.

Dr Bereket Habte Selassie is Professor of African Studies and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. Dr Bereket has also held high public office, having served as the Chair of the Constitutional Commission of Eritrea in the 1990s, as well as Attorney General of Ethiopia in the 1960s. His autobiography, 'The Crown and the Pen: The Memoirs of a Lawyer turned Rebel' (2008) has been described as a mesmerizing read of events and people that have marked the last 50 years of African history.