Benyam Dawit Mezmur
Benyam Dawit Mezmur, from Ethiopia, is an academic who specialises in children’s rights law. He is the Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) of the African Union.
He previously served as the Chairperson of the ACERWC (2012- 2014) and Vice-Chairperson of the CRC Committee (2013-2015). Benyam is an Associate Professor of Law at the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights [formerly known as the Community Law Centre] of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, where he is the Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Children’s Rights Project.