Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur was the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) (2015-2017) and was the Chairperson, UN committee on the Rights of the Child (2015-2017).
He is an Associate Professor of Law at the Community Law Centre of the University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, and a Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of UWC and the Addis Ababa University respectively. He lectures child rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, and the international protection of human rights at post-graduate level.
He worked for The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) from 2003 to 2005, as a Legal Officer. Professor Benyam has published a number of articles on children's rights in Africa and internationally, and has lectured/served fellowships among others at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Ghent University (Belgium), AboAkademi (Finland), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Groningen University (The Netherlands), and Central European University (Hungary). He received his Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from the Addis Ababa University, a Master’s degree (LLM) from the University of Pretoria (Centre for Human Rights), South Africa, and a Doctorate in Law (LLD) from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.