CLC welcomes Prof Benyam Mezmur as associate professor

Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur has been appointed associate professor as well as the head of the Children’s Rights Project at the Community Law Centre. Prof Mezmur who published a number of articles on children's rights in Africa and related topics is also research fellow based at the Centre.

He is also a lecturer of the LLM modules - International Protection of Human Rights- and Children’s Rights and the Law, at UWC. He also lectures at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. 

Dr Mezmur was recently appointed Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). He has been closely involved in the work of the African Committee since 2002.He was also elected by the UN General Assembly to the UN Committee on the rights of children in 2012. Previously, he has worked as a Legal Officer for The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF).

He has also been awarded research fellowships by the Universities of Utrecht and Groningen (Netherlands) and Abo Akademi (Finland), and presented in national and international conferences. He has also undertaken work for some intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. He received his LLB from the Addis Ababa University, a LLM from the University of Pretoria (the Centre for Human Rights), and a LLD in Law from the UWC.

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