Research Fields 

Legal Theory

Critical Human Rights

Criminal Justice

Political Trials


Since 2009: PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow

Since 2008: Lecturer in Law, St. Mary’s University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2007-2008: LL. M, International Human Rights Law, University of Dame, IN, USA.

2001-2006: LL. B, Addis Ababa University

Research topic 

Legal Lessons in History: The Genealogy, Performativity and Theatricality of Political Trials

Awol K. Allo is an Ethiopian lawyer currently pursuing a PhD at Glasgow University Law School. His research interests are in the area of law and politics broadly and on questions of power-relations and violence in law. His PhD looks at the transversal relationship between domination and resistance in law. I am particularly interested in the different ways in which the reflexivity of legal discourses and certain devices of justice can be configured and reconfigured to pursue mutually exclusive political ends, namely, oppression/domination and resistance/dissensus. His work draws on Foucauldian genealogy, and poststructuralist accounts of performativity to interrogate into genealogies of laws and justices in political trials.

Selected Publications

  • Book Review, Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Umphrey, (ed.), Law and the Stranger, 15(2) New Criminal Law Review 2012.
  • The ‘Show’ in the “Show Trials”: Re-Contextualizing the Politicization of Truth and Justice in the Courtroom, Barry Law Review,
  • Ethiopia’s Military Intervention in Somalia: Assessing the Legality of Self-Defense in Response to the Threat of Terrorism, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy,
  • [Book Review] Lawrence Douglas, The Memory of Judgment: Making La w and History in the Trials of the Holocaust, 4(1) Mizan Law Review (230-245)
  • Mayhem in Darfur: The Accountability, Peace and Immunity Debate in the Case against Al-Bashir, 2(2) Mizan Law Review, pp-70-105.
  • Counter-intervention, Invitation, Both or Neither: An Appraisal of the Ethiopian Military Intervention in Somalia, 3(2) Mizan Law Review, pp-201-239.
  • Derogations or Limitations: Rethinking the African Human Rights System of derogation in the Light of the European System, 2(2) Journal of Ethiopian Legal Education, pp-21-52