Terefe’s PhD examines constitutional approaches towards diversity and complexities associated with identity politics and its impact on constitutional design. It aims to understand constitutional designs and practices that foster or hinder political stability in countries with sharp ethnic, religious, and/or linguistic differences. The thesis uses a comparative approach, looking into the constitutional designs and practices of several countries that design their constitution to handle diversity.

Terefe holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor and Masters of Laws in American and International Law. Prior to commencing his post graduate study, he has worked as a federal public prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice of Ethiopia specialising in child sexual abuse and domestic violence offences. He was then appointed as a federal judge at the federal first instance (trial court) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During this time, he has worked in specialized criminal, and family law benches. He also taught in the area of jurisprudence and legal theory in Ethiopia. In addition to constitutional law, Terefe is interested in comparative law, public law, jurisprudence, democracy and identity politics, law and politics, human rights, and international law.

Project Title: Constitutional Approach to Diversity: Comparative Analysis

Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Aroney and Dr Caitlin Goss

Scholarship: University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS)