Sileshi Bedasi Hirko just recieved his PhD under the co-supervision of Professors Chidi Oguamanam and Jeremy de Beer at the University of Ottawa. His PhD thesis explored policy, law, and practice in Ethiopia and suggests the need to rethink policy and legal regimes in order to promote access to learning materials.
Dr. Hirko holds an LLM in IP and Competition Law from Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Germany, and an LLB from Haramaya University in Ethiopia. Between 2015-2019, he was involved in Open AIR activities as a PhD Student Fellow. Prior to his PhD research, he was an Assistant Professor at Haramaya University. His research interests include IP, competition law, international trade law, human development, and family law. He has published scholarly works in several national and international journals. His future plan is to work in academia and conduct research in the aforementioned areas.