Dr Luwam Dirar, LLM, JSD

Senior Research Fellow (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Project Activities

Somalia

Other Activities and Research Interests

Law and Development, International Economic Law, International Organisations & Human Rights, Third World Approaches to International Law

Professional and Academic Background

Since 9/2019 Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

8/2019 – 9/2019 Consultant, Max Plank Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law based in Cambridge, M.A. (United States of America)

4/2014 – 8/2019 Cofounder and Senior Legal Advisor, EriLaws, Cambridge, M.A. (United States of America)

8/2014 – 8/2016 Research Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, M.A. (United States of America)

2/2013 – 6/2013 Visiting Researcher, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (United States of America)

1/2012 – 4/2012 Visiting Scholar, Center for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa

8/2011 – 12/2012 Teaching Assistant to Prof. Adam Klausner, Internet Law – Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (United States of America)

8/2010 – 8/2012 Editor, Cornell International Law Journal, Ithaca, NY (United States of America)

7/2006-7/2008 Legal Advisor, Ministry of Justice, Asmara (Eritrea)

7/2005-7/2006 Law clerk to Justice Habteab Yemane of the High Court of Zoba Maekle, Asmara (Eritrea)

2/2016 Doctorate in the Science of Law (JSD), EU-Africa trade relations and its impact on regional integration in Southern Africa, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, N.Y. (United States of America)

9/2009 Masters of Law (LLM), Cornell Law School, Ithaca, N.Y. (United States of America)

7/2006 Bachelor of Law (LLB), University of Asmara Faculty of Law, Asmara (Eritrea)

Honours
  • Institute for Global Law and Policy Docent Fellowship, Harvard Law School, January 2013
  • Schlesinger Comparative Law Fellowship, Cornell Law School (2012 – 2013)
  • Leo & Arvilla Berger International Law Fellowship, Cornell Law School (2011-2012)
  • Cornell Law School Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • Schlesinger Comparative Law Fellowship, Cornell Law School (2009- 2010)
  • Institute for African Development Fellowship, Cornell University (2008 – 2009)
  • Distinction in major and third Highest Grade in Class, Asmara University (2006)
Publications
  • “Citizenship, Rights, and Political Subjectivity in Eritrea” in AFRICAN HANDBOOK OF LAW, (Muna Ndulo et.al., forthcoming Routledge Press, 2019) (co-authored with Kibrom Teweldebirhan)
  • “Rethinking the Concept of Colonialism in Bandung and its African Union Aftermath” in BANDUNG AT FIFTY (Vasuki Nesiah et.al., Eds., 2017)
  • “Norms of Solidarity and Regionalism: Theorizing State Behavior among Southern African States”, Michigan States University International Law Review (2015)
  • “Epistemological Pluralism and Conceptual Understanding of Regional Integration in Southern African Countries.” Emory International Law Review (2014)
  • “Folklore Protection in the Eritrean Context: Legal Issues and Choices” African International and Comparative Law Journal (2012)
  • “Introduction to the Eritrean Legal System”, New York University Law School Globalex Project (Co-authored with Kibrom Teweldebirhan) (2011)
  • “Common Market for Eastern and Southern African Countries: Multiplicity of Membership Issues and Choices,” African International and Comparative Law Journal (2010)
Participation in Conferences
  • “AfCFTA: Regional Integration as Inclusive Development” – Biennial Conference of African International Economic Law Network (July 2019), Strathmore University Law School – Conference co-organizer and respondent to keynote address.
  • “African Women Migrants: Reflections Along the Journey” – Panel co-organiser – (September 2018), Uppsala University Nordic African Institute Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, Panelist.
  • “Norms of Solidarity and Regional Integration: Theorizing State Behavior among Southern African States” (March 2015), Boston University African Studies Graduate Student Conference, Boston, M.A. (United States of America) Panelist.
  • “Constituting Development” (March 2014), Harvard Africa Development Conference, Cambridge, M.A., (United States of America) Panelist.
  • “Epistemological Pluralism and Conceptual Understanding of Regional Integration in Southern African Countries” (June 2013), Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, M.A., (United States of America) Panelist.
  • “Rethinking Conceptual Understanding of Integration for Development” (March 2013), Second African International Economic Law Network Conference at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, (South Africa) Panelist.
  • “Towards a new conceptualization of regional integration: a Southern African perspective” (October 2012), Second SADC Law Conference at University of Cape-Town, Cape Town, (South Africa) Panelist.
  • “Theorizing Integration for Development” (April 2012), Albany Law School – Conference on Africa in International Law, Albany, N.Y. (United States of America) Panelist.
  • “Epistemological Pluralism and Conceptual Understanding of Regional Integration in Southern African Countries” (March 2012), University of Pretoria – ICLA Research Discussion Forum, Pretoria, (South Africa), Sole Presenter.
  • “Rethinking Development through Regional Integration in Southern African Countries” (November 2011), Cornell University- Conference on Rethinking Development, Ithaca, N.Y. (United States of America) Panelist.
  • “Food Scarcity and International Trade” (November 2008 and March 2009), Institute for African Development at Cornell and Cornell Law School LL.M. Speaker Series, Ithaca, N.Y. (United States of America) Sole Presenter.
Memberships
  • African International Economic Law (since 2013)
Miscellaneous
  • Vice-President of African International Economic Law Network
  • Contributing editor of AfronomicsLaw Blog (since 2018).