Eritrean Law Society (ELS) Executive Director

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

Dr.​​ Daniel​​ Mekonnen​​ is​​ the​​ Executive​​ Director​​ of​​ the​​ Eritrean​​ Law​​ Society​​ (ELS),​​ and​​ member​​ of​​ the​​ Council​​ of​​ the​​ Barcelona-based​​ International​​ Criminal​​ Bar​​ (ICB).​​ A​​ specialist​​ of​​ international​​ human​​ rights​​ law​​ and​​ a​​ former​​ Judge​​ of​​ the​​ Central​​ Provincial​​ Court​​ in​​ Eritrea,​​ he​​ is​​ also​​ co-author​​ of​​ The​​ African​​ Garrison​​ State:​​ Human​​ Rights​​ and​​ Political​​ Development​​ in​​ Eritrea​​ (James​​ Currey,​​ 2014),​​ which​​ made​​ it​​ to​​ the​​ prestigious​​ annual​​ list​​ of​​ “Outstanding​​ Academic​​ Titles”​​ of​​ 2015,​​ bestowed​​ by​​ the​​ American​​ Library​​ Association​​ (ALA),​​ the​​ oldest​​ and​​ the​​ largest​​ library​​ association​​ in​​ the​​ world.​​ He​​ comes​​ with​​ a​​ cumulative​​ work​​ experience​​ of​​ nearly​​ 20​​ years​​ in​​ human​​ rights​​ teaching,​​ research,​​ advocacy​​ and​​ adjudication.​​ He​​ obtained​​ is​​ doctoral​​ degree​​ (LLD)​​ in​​ Public​​ International​​ Law​​ from​​ the​​ University​​ of​​ the​​ Free​​ State​​ in​​ 2008.​​ Having​​ successfully​​ completed​​ four​​ post-doctoral​​ fellowships​​ in​​ Belgium,​​ Germany,​​ Holland​​ and​​ Ireland,​​ he​​ recently​​ finalised​​ a​​ 2-year​​ fellowship​​ as​​ a​​ Guest​​ Writer​​ at​​ the​​ “Writers​​ in​​ Exile​​ Program”​​ of​​ the​​ Swiss-German​​ PEN​​ Centre​​ in​​ Luzern,​​ Switzerland.​​ 

 

He​​ has​​ contributed​​ academic​​ works​​ in​​ edited​​ volumes​​ published​​ by​​ world-class​​ publishing​​ houses,​​ such​​ as​​ Oxford​​ University​​ Press,​​ Cambridge​​ University​​ Press,​​ Springer,​​ and​​ T.C.M.​​ Asser,​​ including​​ academic​​ articles​​ published​​ by​​ a​​ wide​​ rage​​ of​​ peer-reviewed​​ scientific​​ journals,​​ such​​ as​​ the​​ Australian​​ Indigenous​​ Law​​ Review,​​ Journal​​ of​​ International​​ Humanitarian​​ Legal​​ Studies,​​ Interdisciplinary​​ Journal​​ of​​ Human​​ Rights​​ Law,​​ Journal​​ for​​ Juridical​​ Science,​​ Journal​​ of​​ African​​ Law,​​ African​​ Human​​ Rights​​ Law​​ Journal,​​ Review​​ of​​ African​​ Political​​ Economy,​​ African​​ Conflict​​ and​​ Peacebuilding​​ Review,​​ African​​ Journal​​ on​​ Conflict​​ Resolution,​​ and​​ the​​ Yearbook​​ of​​ the​​ International​​ Work​​ Group​​ for​​ Indigenous​​ Affairs.​​ His​​ opinion​​ and​​ interviews​​ have​​ been​​ widely​​ featured​​ by​​ a​​ multitude​​ of​​ media​​ outlets,​​ such​​ as​​ Al-Jazeera,​​ BBC,​​ Boston’s​​ NPR​​ News,​​ International​​ Business​​ Times,​​ Klassekampen,​​ IRIN​​ News,​​ New​​ Europe,​​ Neue​​ Zürcher​​ Zeitung,​​ Neue​​ Luzerner​​ Zeitung,​​ Radio​​ France​​ International,​​ Russia​​ Today,​​ Swiss​​ Radio​​ and​​ Television,​​ The​​ Guardian,​​ Tages-Anzeiger,​​ Tribune​​ de​​ Genève,​​ and​​ others.