Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Ebrahim Afsah

Title Associate Professor
Academic Institution University of Copenhagen
Academic department Faculty of Law
Country Denmark
Contact Information 4552303820
Disciplines Law
Area(s) of Expertise Public international law, constitutional law, Islamic law, international relations theory, security studies.

About fellow

Ebrahim Afsah is an associate professor of international law at the University of Copenhagen, where he teaches international, constitutional and Islamic law. He has been trained at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Trinity College Dublin, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg. Before joining the faculty in Copenhagen, he worked as a management consultant, mainly in the Middle East and Central Asia, primarily on administrative and legal reform, counter-narcotics, prisons and legal training. His areas of interest are public international law, especially the law of armed conflict; public law, especially administrative and constitutional law in post-conflict settings; and Islamic law, again especially its (underdeveloped) public law. Before coming to Oslo, Ebrahim has been a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and will proceed herefrom to a fellowship with the Islamic Legal Studies Programme at Harvard Law School during the spring semester 2018.


  • Most of my professional experience and the focus of my academic interest has been with contemporary intra-state conflicts, especially in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world. I want to understand how institutions, that governance structures and especially public law, come into being and -often forgotten- go into decline. Working closely with a group of people from other disciplinary backgrounds and focussed on an altogether different geographic and temporal area will surely be challenging but promises to be a fascinating experience.