Mehari Taddele Maru

Part-time Professor

Mehari Taddele Maru is Part-time Professor at Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute, and he is also a member of the Centre’s Advisory Board.

He is a Member of the Technical Committee of the Tana High-Level Security Forum (modelled on, and uniquely related to the Munich Security Forum for Africa). At Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), he is the Lead Migration Expert and Legal Drafter in addition to his service as Chief Strategist on geopolitical, peace and security issues.

Previously, he was the Programme Coordinator for Migration and Legal Expert at the African Union Commission. At the AU, he drafted various blueprint policy documents on migration, peace and security, governance, and humanitarian effectiveness. These include the AU Border Governance Strategy, the Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness, the Common African Position on Migration and Development, and the AU Migration Action Plan (2008-2012). He has also been involved in reviewing the AU-EU partnership and served as a resource person for the Pan African Migration Forum.

Similarly, as a chief strategist to IGAD, he drafted the IGAD State of the Region Report, the IGAD Peace and Security Strategy 2020, and the State of Peace and Security in IGAD. He also prepared the Strategy for South Sudan Mediation and the Report of the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism of South Sudan, and facilitated various South Sudan peace negotiations. As the Lead Migration Expert, he designed the IGAD Migration Action Plan (IMAP) and the Migration Priorities programme for East and Southern Africa. Recently, he drafted the IGAD Protocol for Free Movement of Persons and facilitated all negotiations and national consultative meetings on that Protocol.

In a continuing process of generating the necessary political will and prompting innovative solutions to the challenges in Africa, he has been invited to make presentations to decision and policy organs of the UN, the AU and Regional Economic Communities (RECs): specifically, to the Peace and Security Council, the Permanent Representatives' Committee, AU and IGAD ministerial councils and RECs, and the UN Human Rights Council's Intergovernmental Working Groups. His work has been cited in various decisions of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, and at Council of Ministers and ministerial conferences.

Working closely with the African Union, he served as Programme Head for Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). As a Director for University Reform at Addis Ababa University, he also served as a member of the university’s Senate and Policy Committee.

In addition, he serves as a Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow at the NATO Defense College, Rome; the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; the Nigerian Defence College (Abuja); the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Jaji); the UN Institute for Economic Development and Planning (Dakar); and the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre (Addis Ababa). He is also a Senior Fellow at the Nation Building Institute of the Kingdom of Thailand in Bangkok.

Mehari is also a life member of Pan African Lawyers Union.

His book The Kampala Convention and Its Contributions to International Law (Eleven International Publishing: The Hague, 2014) examines the 2012 AU Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the ‘Kampala Convention’).

He has also published many articles in reputable international and African journals. Details may be found at https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7137-9140

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-7137-9140

Book
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014), The Kampala Convention and Its Contributions to International Law (Eleven International Publishers: The Hague). Legal Analyses and Interpretations of the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons. Detail available at

  • Chapters in books or monographs
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015), Promoting Stability and Development in Africa: Fostering Cooperation Between Public and Private Sectors: A Case Study of Ethiopia, Promoting Stability and Development in Africa: Fostering Cooperation Between Public and Private Sectors. London: International Africa Institute
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015), 'Potential Causes and Consequences of South Sudan Becoming a "Failed State": Political and Legal Transformation from Liberation Movement to a Democratic Government', in Legal Transformation in Northern Africa and South Sudan, Thilo Marauhn and Hatem Elliesie (eds)
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015), Ethiopian Diplomacy and its Regional Influence: a regional power in the making, African Pivotal States. Johannesburg: SAIIA. Policy Briefing.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015), Ethiopia’s International Relations: The Foreign Policy Making and Determinants of an Emerging Giant, ILPI and EIIPD. London: Zed Publishers
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013), Ethiopia and AU, Regional Powers and African Union, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013), OAU at 50: New Quest for Pan African Solidarity, OAU@50, Pambazuka News.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013), China-Africa Partnership: Areas of Improvement, Aljazeera Studies Centre.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013), Soft and Hard Intervention: The Case of AU and IGAD in Somalia, Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012), Rethinking the North African Uprisings, African Union Herald, AU Commission.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012), The North African Uprisings under the African Union‘s Normative Framework, Conference Proceedings on the Implications of North African Uprisings for Sub Saharan Africa, Inter-Africa Group, Universal Printing Press, Addis Ababa.

  • Items in international journals and peer reviewed publications
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2018), The AU Reform Agenda: What areas of Reform are most Transformational and of the highest return for Continent? Africa Portal, Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru, Fabrizio Tassinari (2019) The EU-Africa Nexus: Promise and Purpose, Open Democracy.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2018) The Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration: What Africa should demand from the world and Itself, Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2018) Dr. Mehari's Piece in Nato Foundation Journal - 2018 - Africa and Global Forces, NATO Defense College Foundation.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2017),
  • Mehari Taddele Maru Identifies four intellectual Challenges for African Think Tanks Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2016), AU Commission Elections: from bad to worse, Pambazuka News.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015), The Valletta Dilemma, why migration governance in Africa should take centre stage, Global Governance Spotlight.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015) Migration priorities and normative and institutional frameworks in the IGAD region, The HAB.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru, Sahra El Fassi (2015), Can the Regional Economic Communities support implementation of the African Governance Architecture (AGA)? European Centre for Development Policy Management.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014), 'Ethiopia’s Regional Diplomacies: A Dominant Interpretation of the Horn of Africa', SAIIA Policy Brief Paper, No 112, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014) 'Resetting' AU-NATO Relations: From ad hoc technical-military cooperation to strategic partnership, NATO Research Paper No 102. Rome
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014) The International Criminal Court and African Leaders: Deterrence and Generational Shift of Attitude, Analysis No 247, ISPI, Milan.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014) Towards Africa-EU Brussels Summit: Dialogue and Capacity for Delivery, Africa-EU Partnership, ECDPM, Brussels.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) ICC and African Union: bones of contentions and way forward, Horn of Africa Bulletin, Vol 25, No 06, Life and Peace Institute
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) Between Coup and Revolution: the political and legal debacle. Aljazeera Studies Centre.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) China Africa Relations: Delivery and Democracy, Aljazeera Centre for Studies.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) AFISMA: Military ahead of politics, Aljazeera Report, Aljazeera Centre for Studies.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) Three Questions on Mali, ISPI, Milan.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013), The African Union and Its New Chairwoman as Drivers of Change, New Routes No. 2, Life and Peace Institute, Uppsala.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012), Rethinking and Reforming the Africa Union Commission Elections, African Security Review, 21.4, Pp. 64-78, Taylor and Francis Group, ISSN 1024-6029 print / 2154-0128 online.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012) The First Ten Years of AU and Its Performance in Peace and Security, Policy Brief, ISPI, Milan, Italy.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012) A Change of Guard: African Union elects the first woman leader, Diplomatist Magazine.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012) On unconstitutional changes of governments: the case of the National Transitional Council of Libya; African Security Review, 21:1, 67-73.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012) Salient Features of the 18th African Union Summit: Generational Progression Democracy in Africa Aljazeera Studies Centre.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012) Monitoring the Monitor: Elections at the AU Commission Institute for Security Studies, ISS Today.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2012) The Contributions of Ethiopia to the Abyei Peacekeeping Force, Institute for Security Studies, ISS Today.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2011) On Unconstitutional Changes of Government: The Case of Libya; Institute for Security Studies, ISS Today.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2011) How the AU Should Have Recognized the Libyan NTC; Institute for Security Studies, ISS Today.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2011) Keeping Peace In Abyei: The role and contributions of Ethiopia, Institute for Security Studies, ISS Today.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2011) The Kampala Convention and Its Contribution to International Law, Journal of Internal Displacement. 1.1.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2010) Federalism, Human Rights and Conflicts, Africa Insight, 39.4, ISSN 0256 2804, African Journals Online.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2010) Federalism and Conflicts in Ethiopia, Conflict Trends. May 2010, African Centre For the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), ISSN: 1993-6177.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2010) Lessons for Africa from the Economic Development of China and India, African Union Commission Journal, 3.1, and ISSN: 1993-6177.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2009) African Union and Its Policies on Voluntary and Forced Migration, Brief 39, The Security-Migration Nexus I: Migration and Displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa, Pp 84-94, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Bonn. BICC ISSN 0947-7322.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) The Future of Somalia’s Legal System and Its Contribution to Peace and Development, Journal of Peace Building and Development, 4.1. Washington. Center for Global Peace.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) Arms Tradition and Its Management in Ethiopia, Journal of Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria Arms Control: Africa, 1.4.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) ‘Migration: A view from Africa’, in J. Sommer and A Warnecke (eds.), Brief 36: The Security-Migration Nexus I: Challenges and Opportunities of African Migration to EU Countries, Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC), BICC ISSN 0947-7322, Brief 36 Pp 74-79, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) ICC and Africa, Journal of The Eye on the Horn of Africa, Vol. XIX No 158, August 2008, Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, Sweden.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) Indicting President Al Bashir, What Implication for human security in Sudan and Beyond; Institute of Security Studies.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) The African Diaspora in Africa, Paper presented at Diaspora Policy Dialogue Seminar, Brussels, organized by the African Diaspora Policy Centre, EU Commission and UN Development Fund.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2008) Devolution of Power in Ethiopia: The Legal and Political Aspects, Presented to a Public Discussion Forum for Political Parties Organized by African Initiatives for a Democratic World Order on the topic ‘Devolution of Power and Its Role in Strengthening Good Governance’, United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2007) Ethiopian Constitution Protects Diversity, Federations Magazine, Forum of Federations, Ottawa, Pp. 16-36.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2006) Federalism in Ethiopia: After Fifteen Years, Journal of The Horn of Africa, Vol. XXXVII No 134, published in Sweden: 70 000 copies circulated in more than 52 countries

    Blog Posts
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2019) Barriers for free movement of persons in Africa: how to remove them, MPC Blog Debate Migration.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2019) In-depth, Unpacking Ethiopia’s Revised Refugee Law, Africa Portal, SAIIA, published in South Africa.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2019) A New Cold War in Africa, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2019) Political Integration in the Horn of Africa, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2019) Why Africa loves China, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2019) Why the US is engineering political changes in East Africa, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2016) South Sudan, A country captured by armed factions, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015) Will the new deal end conflict in South Sudan? Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015) The Secret to Ethiopia’s counter-terrorism success, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015) South Sudan: Independence movement gone wrong, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2015) Why South Africa let Bashir get away, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014) What does the future hold for South Sudan? Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2014) AU Summit: too little, too late, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) The real reasons behind South Sudan’s Crisis, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) From a barrier to a bridge, Aljazeera.
  • Mehari Taddele Maru (2013) The future of the ICC and Africa: The good the bad and the ugly, Aljazeera.