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. Dr Allo holds LLB from Addis Ababa University, LLM in international human rights from the University of Notre Dame, and PhD from the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining LSE in 2013, Allo was Lecturer in Law at St Mary’s University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and has taught at different universities including Addis Ababa University, Glasgow University, and University of Strathclyde on a part-time basis.

Dr Allo’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of critical social & legal theory, political theory, law and performativity, human rights, international law, constitutional theory, the African Union, and post-colonial studies. Dr Allo’s PhD thesis, ‘Law and Resistance: Toward a Performative Epistemology of Law’, examined the tension between the normative and the performative in law and argues that the normative in law is merely a metaphysical placeholder for the performative.

Books and book chapters

  • Awol Allo (ed.), The Courtroom as Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial, (Ashgate, August 2015)
  • Awol Allo, ‘The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance’, in Awol Allo (ed.), The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial, (Ashgate, August 2015)
  • Awol Allo, ‘Black Man in a White Man’s court’: Mandela’s Performative Genealogies, in Awol Allo, (ed.) The Courtroom as Space of Resistance: Reflections on the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial, (Ashgate, 2015).

Articles

  • '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). 

Media writings include

 

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