The Secretariat

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The Secretariat is the administrative arm of the Advisory Council established by Directive No. 24/2010. It is responsible for planning, administering and implementing the Advisory Council’s mandate in addition to liaising between the Advisory Council and the Attorney General’s Office as well as other partners.

The organizational structure of the Secretariat is designed by the Head of the Secretariat in close consultation and collaboration with the Chairperson of the Advisory Council. Currently, the Secretariat’s formation includes the head of administration, the deputy head and seven legal researchers.


Dr. Abadir M. Ibrahim

Dr. Abadir M. Ibrahim is the Head of the Secretariat for the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. As a seasoned lawyer, activist, scholar and educator in human rights law, Dr. Abadir both practices and studies human rights at a global, African and domestic levels. His broader practice and research interests encompass the intersections between global human rights normative structure and non – western cultural/religious institutions and traditions. Dr. Abadir is an author of two books and numerous academic and other publications.

Tsega Andualem Gelaye

Tsega Andualem Gelaye (SJD) is the deputy head of the secretariat. He received his doctoral degree in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University. His areas of research include comparative constitutional law, human rights and criminal justice. Tsega has published a number of journal articles and a book chapter. He also teaches at the Ethiopian Civil Service University School of Law and Federalism on a fulltime basis.

Kalkidan Misganaw

Ms. Kalkidan Misganaw Jember is a legal researcher at the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. Having her LL.M. in Human Rights and Criminal Law, she also works as a lecturer of law at Jimma University School of Law. Her research interest is in human rights and criminal law areas, with special emphasis on; vulnerable groups like IDPs, Women right and economic crimes such as money laundering and corruption.

Bethlehem Amaha

Ms. Bethelhem Abraham is a legal expert who has worked on the amendment and enactment of civil society law, media law, administrative procedure law, and the right to freedom of movement law. Ms. Bethelhem has ample experience in conducting legal researches, drafting laws and contracts, writing proposals, translating laws, preparing public consultations, and coordinating various working groups established by the Advisory Council. Ms. Bethelhem is passionate about volunteerism. She received her LL.B from Adama Science and Technology University. Currently, she is an LL.M candidate in Public International Law at Addis Ababa University.

Fasika Alemu

Mr. Faska Alemu is a legal expert in the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. Mr. Fasika is an experienced lecturer, researcher and Attorney at law. He has served the Federal Government of Ethiopia as a public prosecutor, which has armed him with good experience both in Criminal and Civil Laws. Mr. Fasika’s interests range in the areas of Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Land Law.

Kefale Aschale

Mr. Kefale Aschale is a Legal Researcher at the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. Mr. Kefale in his legal researcher capacity has engaged in several legislative reform processes, ranging from establishing and coordinating working groups to undertaking diagnostic studies and drafting laws. He has formerly served as a lecturer at Dire Dewa University School of Law and as an associate at one of the leading law offices in Ethiopia. Mr. Kefale received his LLB and LLM from Addis Ababa University, School of Law and Governance.

Hilina Mekonen

Hilina Mekonnen is a Lawyer, who is currently serving under the Secretariat of the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. Hilina is certified on Seminar Research and Indicator Development in Criminal Justice from the Harvard Kenney School Program. She formerly was a legal researcher in the Federal Justice and Legal System Research Institute and has served as a Supervisor and Support Expert in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Hilina is also experienced outside the legal realm as she is a trained accountant.

Galane Gurre

Ms. Galane G. Kumssa is a human rights lawyer and a researcher who is currently serving under the Secretariat of the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. As a former public prosecutor Ms. Galane is also skilled in criminal law, criminal investigation and litigation. She also has experiences outside the realm of law in the private sector and field of administration. Areas of interest include international and human rights law.

Rediet Baye

Ms. Rediet Baye is a legal professional who is currently serving under the Secretariat of the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. She formerly has served as a junior lawyer in one of the leading law offices, in the field of Intellectual Property in Ethiopia. She also has experience outside of the legal realm in the communication field. Ms. Rediet’s areas of interests include; human rights, social justice and criminal law.


Mastewal Tadesse

Mastewal Taddese Terefe (Mastish) is a researcher and advocate for rule of law and good governance. During 2018-2019, Mastish provided legal research and drafting support to the newly established Law and Justice Affairs Advisory Council (LJAAC) Secretariat, at the Federal Attorney General’s Office in Addis Ababa. Prior to that, she completed several policy and legal internships with a variety of organizations worldwide including the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the World Bank Group. Her policy training and practice has also instilled in her a passion for evidence-based restructuring of Ethiopia’s education and migration policies. Her ethnographic research on Ethiopian domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates, part of her undergraduate degree, has earned her a departmental award for excellence. In 2013, she co-founded Qine Association for Promoting Education Quality, a youth initiative to improve the quality of secondary education in Ethiopia. Mastewal has a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Oxford University, and a BA in Political Science and Social Research & Public Policy from NYU Abu Dhabi.

Edna Alemayehu

Ms. Edna has several years of experience in international development, peace and conflict resolution, and project management. She is passionate about engaging on youth empowerment and dialogue projects in Ethiopia. Ms. Edna is currently working with civil society organizations in Ethiopia on democracy and good governance; focusing on the role of CSOs in the electoral process, civic and voter education, and monitoring and observation of elections. She has received her Masters of Art degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on Africa from the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C.

Minilik Assefa

Minilik Assefa is a young legal professional focusing on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. He had variety of experience in legal research, advocacy, media and communication. He has been engaged in health and reproductive rights advocacy for adolescent girls at Population Services International. He was also an Assistant Lecturer at Addis Ababa University School of Law. He is currently a refugee rights practitioner working at UNHCR Ethiopia as a Legal Associate. He is also engaged in multiple voluntary initiatives intended to help young artists in copyrights negotiations and advocacies. Minilik received his Bachelors of Laws in 2017 and is currently pursuing his Masters of Laws in Human Rights Law at Addis Ababa University. His areas of interests include; Administrative law, Constitutional Law and Federalism.


Zemen Mekonnen

Zemen Mekonnen will receive her bachelor degree in Law and Governance from Addis Ababa University in July 2020. She is interested in participating in legal research and working on human rights after graduating. She volunteers in youth led initiatives like Rotaract and the Yellow Movement. She also worked as a paralegal for a manufacturing company. Zemen has an interest in writing and reading in her spare time and enjoys music.

Former Secretariat Members

Dr Gedion Timothewos

Dr. Gedion Timothewos is currently serving as the Deputy Attorney General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He is a prominent lawyer who has keen interest in academia and has ample experience in teaching. He was an Assistant Professor and Head of Addis Ababa University, School of Law and visiting Professor at Central European University and lectured at Hawassa University. He was also an Associate Articles Editor for Addis Ababa University’s Journal of Ethiopian Law and a Founding Managing Editor for the Journal of Ethiopian Legal Education at the Justice and Legal System Research Institute. Dr. Gedion also has various published articles and book chapters on areas of; Democracy, Constructional law and Freedom of Expression. He received his LLB from the School of Law at Addis Ababa University; his LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law and Doctor of Juridical Science in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University, Budapest Hungary.

Dr. Mulugeta Mengist

Dr. Mulugeta is a freelance researcher and consultant with significant background in legal reform. He teaches at different universities and had taught law at the School of Law of the University of Surrey and Mekelle University. In the past, he was a consulting director of climate change affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister in Ethiopia. He was a research fellow in climate governance and institutional development in the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Dr. Mulugeta is also a member of the Legal and related Services Working Group of the Advisory Council. Dr. Mulugeta studied law and economics (EMLE, 2009) in the universities of Manchester, Ghent and Rotterdam. He also studied European and comparative law in the University of Ghent (LLM, 2004). In terms of subject matter, he is interested in a range of issues including legal reform; comparative economic and legal reasoning; climate change and development; federalism and natural resources management; choice and development of policy tools (instruments); climate law and policy; international legal frameworks for regulation and collaboration; and economic and financial regulation.

Abdulatif Idris

Abdulatif Idris is the Deputy – head of the Secretariat for the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. In addition to his role as Deputy – head of the Secretariat, Abdulatif was a member of the Administrative Law and Civil Society Working Groups. When he was not volunteering a t the Advisory Council in his multifaceted roles, he was a lecturer at the Center for Human Rights of Addis Ababa University with significant teaching, research and administrative roles. He also lectured on various courses with significant relations with constitutional law, administrative law, and federalism. He has also published numerous academic journal articles and book chapters. Abdulatif has worked as consultant for international nongovernmental and intergovernmental institutions on matters ranging from regulatory policy, to civil society and a range of sectors specific to human rights issues. He received his legal education from the School of Law at Addis Ababa University and the University of Alabama and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.

Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor is a first-generation Ethiopian-American living in Los Angeles, California. She will receive her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in May 2020. After law school, she will begin practicing labor and employment law at a prominent national US law firm. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, History, and Culture at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2016. While at USC, she pursued a course of study focused on the African American experience during the Post-Civil War Reconstruction Era. Hannah is also a lover of the fine arts and enjoys making pottery in her spare time. Her interests include: Labor and Employment law; Privacy and Technology Law and Civil Rights Law.

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer is a third year law student at the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy from the University of California, Merced. Prior to law school, she spent 5 years working in education and earned her Master’s in Education Policy. She is passionate about social justice for all members of the African Diaspora and has always stood against discrimination and hate based on race, gender, sexual/gender non – conformity, class or any other social status. Her legal interests include labor and employment and education law, and she plans to practice at a law firm in Washington, D.C. after graduating.