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Ebrahim Afsah

Ebrahim Afsah

Associate Professor

Dr. Ebrahim Afsah has joined the faculty of law on 1 January 2012 as an associate professor in international law. Schooled in Germany, Dr. Afsah received his legal education at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and subsequently completed an M.Phil. in Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Following a brief period of professional practice in France, he completed a Master in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University as a McCloy Scholar of the German National Merit Association, specialising in the International Security Programme.

Returning from the US, Dr. Afsah joined the staff of the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg, where he was mainly responsible for some of the Institute's overseas legal transfer projects. During this time he finished his doctoral thesis in political science entitled "New Model Army: The End of Militarism in the Federal Republic of Germany. The Creation of the Bundeswehr from 1955 to the Present", conferred by Trinity College Dublin in 2008. He also concluded there a monograph entitled "Beyond Reciprocity: Detainee Dilemmas in Asymmetric Conflict" which has not been published yet.

Prior to joining the faculty in Copenhagen, Dr. Afsah has been a senior governance expert with Deloitte Consulting LLP in Arlington, Virginia. He has very extensive overseas consulting experience starting in 2003 when he set up the ongoing legal training programmes of the Max Planck Institute in Afghanistan and Jordan, followed by a long line of professional engagements on constitutional and public law reform, monitoring and evaluation, legal training, and administrative reform for the Word Bank, UNDP, UNODC, GTZ, the German Foreign Office, the US State Department, and the European Union.

He is a member of the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies.

Primary fields of research

Dr. Afsah's main research interests are general international law; laws of armed conflict; the reception of law, especially constitutional and public law reform in post-conflict settings; International Relations, especially theory; as well as Islamic law. 

Current research

Dr. Afsah is currently working on state building efforts in the developing world, especially in the wake of violent conflict. He is particularly interested in the prioritisation of state functions and the impact of revenue collection on admininstrative capabiilty.


Dr. Afsah is currently teaching public international law, and an inter-faculty course on Muslim constitutional law and theory.

He is on leave during the Fall Semester 2014 as a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

He has taught the online course Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World. For further information and enrolment please visit:

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