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Henok Birhanu Asmelash



Henok Birhanu Asmelash is an Ethiopian with a law degree from Jimma University and an LLM in Business Law from Addis Ababa University. His LLM thesis examines the challenges Ethiopia (as an LDC) is confronting on prioritizing and sequencing its multilateral and regional integration endeavors.

Prior to joining the IELPO Program, Henok worked as a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Jigjiga University (Ethiopia) and as a Research Intern at the USAID WTO Accession-Plus Project. He is also a past participant of the online diploma course on Legal Instruments of International Economic Relations and Regional Integration, which is organized by the UNCTAD Virtual Institute together with the University of Barcelona and the CEDDET Foundation (Madrid).

Given his experience in the field of international trade law, he considers his enrolment in the IELPO program as a career advancement and vital stepping stone in realizing his ambition to become a major player in his country’s WTO accession process and beyond.

Immediately after completing the IELPO Program, Henok joined Bocconi University’s PhD Program in International Law and Economics with a three year fellowship. He is currently at the final stage of writing his dissertation on the regulation of energy subsidies in the multilateral trading system under the supervision of Professor Giorgio Sacerdoti, while simultaneously working as a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law and as a Consultant to the UNU-WIDER’s Project on the Political Economy of Clean Energy Transition. 

Henok has also worked as a Marie Curie Fellow of the DISSETTLE Project at the University of St. Gallen and held visiting researcher positions at the University of Barcelona and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg). He has presented his research at several international academic conferences and published his works in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), Italian Yearbook of International Law, and Manchester Journal of International Economic Law (MJIEL).

Secretaria del Estado de Turismo y Comercio Universitat de Barcelona Departament Economia i Finances de la Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona