Christophe Van der Beken


Christophe Van der Beken obtained a PhD degree in law from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2006. His PhD thesis focused on decentralization and ethnic diversity in Africa with a case study of Ethiopia. He has been working as an Academic Assistant and Postdoctoral Academic Assistant at the Ghent University Faculty of Law (2000-2010) and as an Associate Professor at the Ethiopian Civil Service University (2010-2017) and Addis Ababa University (from 2017 onwards). His areas of expertise and research interests include, but are not limited to, comparative constitutional law, federalism, minority rights, local government and good governance. He has an extensive teaching experience, educating and advising students on topics related to his areas of expertise. In this regard, he has also acted as promoter and examiner of various PhD theses, in Ethiopia and abroad. He has furthermore been a reviewer of manuscripts for reputable academic journals such as Ethnopolitics; Regional and Federal Studies; Publius: The Journal of Federalism; Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism; Journal of African Law; and Journal of Ethiopian Law. He has authored and edited various books and articles, several of which have been published in international peer reviewed journals.

Some of his recent publications include:

C. Van der Beken, “Balancing between Empowerment and Inclusion: Multinational Federalism and Citizenship Rights in Ethiopia”, African Journal of International and Comparative Law 2019, Volume 27(4); C. Van der Beken, “Subnational Constitutional Autonomy, Local Government, and Constitutionalism in Ethiopia”, in Charles M. Fombad and Nico Steytler (eds), Decentralization and Constitutionalism in Africa, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019; C. Van der Beken, Completing the Constitutional Architecture: a Comparative Analysis of Sub-national Constitutions in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa University Press, 2017; C. Van der Beken, “Subnational Constitutional Autonomy and the Accommodation of Diversity in Ethiopia,” Rutgers University Law Review 2016, Volume 68(4); C. Van der Beken, “Federalism, Local Government and Minority Protection in Ethiopia: Opportunities and Challenges,” Journal of African Law 2015 Vol. 59(1).