Henok Gabisa is a Visiting Academic Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law pursuing multiple academic researches and projects related to the UN, the World Bank, African Commission of Human and peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). He is one of the conveners of Andrew Mellon’s funded yearlong inter-departmental Seminar program on African Human Rights for fall 2015 and spring 2016. Gabisa has been instrumental in the W&L’s recent special consultative status granted by the United Nations for select few academic initiations and non-governmental organizations. He also leads a group of law students every year to attend the World Bank’s global forum on Law, Justice and Development that takes place in Washington D.C.
He has published articles and short pieces on Judicial Reform in Post-Conflict nations of Africa- Ethiopia; foreign investment protection and human rights, Historical Injustices in Ethiopia and contemporary legal remedies. He has presented papers and works in progress at different academic conferences and seminars at Columbia University, New York law School Kennedy School of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London-School of African and oriental Studies (SOAS). He also speaks on new developments in legislative systems of developing countries every year at International conference on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform organized by the Federal Bar Association in Washington D.C.
Henok also serves as a President of Oromo Studies Association, an inter-disciplinary scholarly society established in 1986 by the Oromo people of Ethiopia, with knowledge focus on multitude of disciplines history, law, justice, identity, politics and language in Oromia, Ethiopia and the greater Horn of Africa
Formerly, he held a position as Trainer in Ethiopia’s Judicial Training and Legal Research Institute where he taught Continuing Judicial Education courses to sitting judges of Supreme, appellate and district courts in Oromia national regional state, the biggest member state in Ethiopia’s federation. Henok also held adjunct positions at the Law Faculties of Royal College, Adama University and Wolayita-Sodo University teaching intensive courses that include Criminal Procedure, Evidence Law, International Human Rights Law, and Public Finance Law. He also served as a consultant and regional advisor for a Joint human rights project between the UK’s Department of Foreign and International Development (DFID), University of Glasgow's Active Learning Center and the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia. Henok is the founder of Association of Oromo Public Defenders (Public Interest Lawyers Association) in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.
Henok frequently comments on current political and legal topics in Ethiopia with BBC Africa Radio; Washington D.C based Voice of America Radio program; Baltimore based Marc Steiner Radio show and South Africa Public Radio
Further Research Interest: Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence (POJ), Indigenous legal philosophy, local human rights and global investment, Energy and mining law in post-conflict regions, African human rights system, political economy, judicial reform in the global south