Abadir M. Ibrahim

Associate Director, Human Rights Program

Dr. Abadir M. Ibrahim is the Associate Director of the Human Rights Program (HRP). He plays a substantive and managerial role in innovating and implementing academic activities, including the speaker series, conferences, and the HRP’s various fellowships.

Abadir’s career spans government administration, legal practice, activism, scholarship and education. Before joining the HRP, he was the Head of the Secretariat for the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council of Ethiopia – an independent statutory body mandated with advising and providing technical support to the Ethiopian government on pro-democracy and pro-rights justice sector reforms. In his role as Head of the Secretariat, Abadir oversaw the planning and implementation of the Advisory Council’s mandate in addition to providing his expertise in the drafting of legislation connected with civil society, anti-terrorism, transitional justice, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), and the regulation of legal practice.

Previously, Abadir worked in different roles within the human rights field. Abadir’s academic and legal work has focused on African countries, and especially his home country of Ethiopia, and engaged with the African system of human rights. His broader research interests encompass the intersections between global human rights normative structures and non-western cultural/religious institutions and traditions with a special emphasis on normative ethics and religion. He earned his J.S.D. from the Intercultural Human Rights Program at St. Thomas University, School of Law. Abadir further holds LL.M. degrees from St. Thomas University and Addis Ababa University respectively, and an LL.B. from Addis Ababa University.