Gelaye Defends Doctoral Dissertation

September 10, 2019

On September 9, 2019 Tsega Andualem Gelaye publicly defended his doctoral (S.J.D.) dissertation titled: “The Role and Migration of Human Dignity in African Constitutional Orders: A Comparative Study of South Africa, Kenya and Uganda”

The thesis provides an in-depth analysis of how human dignity as a value and as a right is employed and circulates in the constitutional law and practice of three different African jurisdictions. Whereas the South African example is the most studied legal system, for Kenya and Uganda there are few, if any, analyses on the topic. The thesis finds that while in South Africa and Kenya human dignity has played an important or fairly important role in transforming the protection of fundamental rights, this is not the case in Uganda. It further argues that referring to indigenous notions of human dignity as well as engaging in transnational judicial dialogue might help strengthening the dignity jurisprudence in African constitutional orders.

Professor Mathias Möschel was the supervisor of the project. The defense committee included Professor Markus Böckenförde (CEU) as well as Professor Henk Botha (Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa). The committee unanimously awarded Mr. Gelaye the grade of cum laude.

The Department of Legal Studies congratulates Dr. Gelaye on this achievement and wishes him success in his future endeavors.