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Yohannes Eneyew Ayalew

PhD Candidate, Monash University

Yohannes is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, Monash University in Australia. Prior to joining Monash Law, he was a lecturer in law at School of Law, Bahir Dar University where he was teaching and researching on media law and human rights.

His PhD project looks at internet freeedom under the African setting. Also his scholarship addresses broader issues in freedom of expression on the Internet, and privacy in Africa. Besides, he is passionate in researching about civil rights, freedom of expression, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and public international law.


  • 2020–present
    PhD Candidate , Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • 2019–2020
    Lecturer, Bahir Dar University
  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer, Samara University


  • 2018 
    University of Groningen , Master of Laws - LLM in International Human Rights Law
  • 2017 
    Addis Ababa University , Master of Laws - LLM in Public International Law
  • 2014 
    Wollo University , Bachelor of Laws (LLB)


  • 2023
    • ‘Digital crossroads: continuity and change in Ethiopia’s digital citizenship’, co-authored with Atnafu Brhane, in Tony Roberts and Tanja Bosch (eds), Digital Citizenship in Africa , Bloomsbury Publishing
  • 2022
    Enforcement of Human Rights in Ethiopia: Old and New Challenges, co-authored with Wondemagegn T. Goshu, Imprint Addis Ababa University-School of Law
  • 2022
    ‘Let the NetWork: The Role of African Sub-Regional Courts in Protecting Internet Access and Human Rights in the Digital Environment, co-authored with Christopher Yaw Nyinevi , 3 African Journal of International Economic Law
  • 2022
    Untrodden paths towards the right to privacy in the digital era under African human rights law, 12 International Data Privacy Law 1
  • 2021
    From Digital Authoritarianism to Platforms’ Leviathan Power: Freedom of expression in the digital age under siege in Africa, 15 Mizan Law Review 2
  • 2020
    Assessing the limitations to freedom of expression on the internet in Ethiopia against the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights , 20 African Human Rights Law Journal 1
  • 2020
    Defining ‘Hate Speech’ under the Hate Speech Suppression Proclamation in Ethiopia:A Sisyphean exercise? , 12 Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series
  • 2019
    The Internet shutdown muzzle(s) freedom of expression in Ethiopia: competing narratives, 28 Information & Communications Technology Law 2
  • 2017
    Risk Allocation Norms of Civil Construction Contracts in Ethiopia, 11 Mizan Law Review 2