Dr. Fasil Mulatu


Dr. Fasil Mulatu Gessesse is one of the foremost child rights experts in Ethiopia. Dr. Fasil holds a teaching position at Addis Ababa University (AAU), College of Law and Governance, Centre for Human Rights (CHR) and serves as chair of the CHR. He is the lead coordinator of the STRACE project at the Centre that has been implemented with the support of Swedish Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, which supports the human rights teaching, research, and community engagement of CHR. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Cape, Faculty of Law. His doctoral research focused on the protection of child migrants within Africa. He previously obtained an LL.M. in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights. He served as the Chair of AAU-CHR’s Curriculum Development Committee, which designed the first graduate program on Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies in Ethiopia and has written several academic and non-academic papers on the rights of children, refugees, migrants, IDPs among other topics. Dr Fasil is former visiting scholar at University of Antwerp, University of Graz and University of Lund. Dr. Fasil’s academic credentials are matched by his professional experience in a wider range of sectors and thematic areas. Previously, he has worked with NGOs and intergovernmental organizations, including as a researcher and technical advisor for the World Bank Group, UNICEF, IOM, GIZ, SCI, NRC, and Swiss Development Cooperation. He was the technical adviser who consolidated Ethiopia’s State Party report to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and to the CRC Committee in 2020. He has provided numerous capacity building trainings on human trafficking and smuggling to law enforcement, judicial officials and public defenders across Ethiopia with GIZ under the BMM I and II programs.


Education & Professional Experience


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  • Doctor of Laws/ Legum Doctor (LL.D.), University of Western Cape (UWC) Cape Town South Africa, under the Supervision of Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, in April 2020. Dissertation Title: ‘Towards an Effective Protection for Independent Migrant Children in Africa’.
  • Master of Laws/Magister Legum (LL.M.) with Specialization in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa, University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights, date of attendance 13 January 2008- 10 December 2008.
  • Higher Diploma in Learning –Teaching in Higher Education, Addis Ababa University 26 February 2016.
  • Graduate Course (30 Credits) (equivalent of Graduate Diploma) (magna cum laude) on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Law, 12 April – 10 June 2016.
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Haramaya University College of Law date of attendance October 2001-July 07 2006.



  • Assistant Professor, Addis Ababa University- Center for Human Rights, as of April 16, 2020, Chair of Center for Human Rights as of August 7, 2020.
  • Led Project Coordinator, A Project to Support teaching, Research and Community Engagement in Human Rights (Project STRACE) funded by SIDA and Royal Norwegian Embassy, as of August 7, 2020
  • Lecturer, Addis Ababa University- Center for Human Rights from 01 April 2012- April 16, 2020: Administrative and expert duties undertaken:
  • Lecturer and Head of Social Justice Center, Haramaya University-College of Law (September/2009-February/ 2012);
  • Project officer and (Trainer before promotion), Action Professionals’ Association for the People (Human Rights Advocacy NGO until 2010), (January 2009-April 2009) and (June 2007-December 2007) respectively;
  • Instructor and Education Material Developer, Unity University, College of Distance and Continuing education (March 2007- October 2007).


  • Children’s Rights
  • Children’s Law and Policy
  • Irregular Migration and Human Rights
  • Child and Youth Migration in Africa
  • Refugee Law
  • International Displacement


Get in Touch

fasilomulatu@gmail.com fasil.mulatu@aau.edu.et

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