Dr Awol Allo

Awol AlloAwol Allo is LSE Fellow in Human Rights at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Department of Sociology. He holds degrees from Addis Ababa University (LLB) and the University of Notre Dame (LLM, International Human Rights Law) and completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow.

Prior to joining LSE in 2013, Allo was Lecturer in Law at St. Mary’s University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the course of the last five years, Allo has taught human rights and other courses at Universities of Addis Ababa, Glasgow and Strathclyde.

Allo’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of critical legal theory, human rights, international law and constitutional theory. His doctoral research focused on the tension between the normative and the performative dimensions of law and argues that the normative in law is a metaphysical placeholder for the performative. He is currently co-editing a book with Professor Emilios Christodoulidis on the legal thought of Nelson Mandela.

Selected Publications:


  • 'The Show in the Show Trials: Reconceptualising the Politicization of Truth and Justice in the Courtroom', 15 Barry Law Review, 2010.
  • 'Ethiopia’s Military Intervention in Somalia: Assessing the Legality of Self-Defense in Response to the Threat of Terrorism', 39 Den. J. Int. L. & Pol., 2010.
  • 'Mayhem in Darfur: The Accountability, Peace and Immunity Debate', 3(1) Mizan Law Review, March 2009.
  • 'Derogations or Limitations: Rethinking the African Human Rights System of derogation in the Light of the European System', 2(2) Journal of Ethiopian Legal Education, 21 (2009).
  • 'Counter-intervention, Invitation, Both or Neither: An Appraisal of the Ethiopian Military Intervention in Somalia', 3(2) Mizan Law Review, pp-201-239.

Book Reviews

  • Review Essay, 'Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, And Martha Umphrey, Law and the Stranger', 15 (2) New Criminal Law Review, 333 (2012).
  • Book Review, 'Lawrence Douglas, The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust', 4(1) Mizan Law Review, 142 (2010). 

Other Publications