Professor Bereket Habte Selassie is jointly the William E. Leuchtenburg Distinguished Professor of African Studies and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Selassie has observed and participated in African politics for nearly a half century. After receiving an education in Britain, Bereket Selassie returned to Africa to serve in the Ethiopian government. Dr. Selassie served as both the Attorney General for Ethiopia and an Associate Justice of the Federal Supreme Court. Later, due to notable disagreements with Emperor Haile Selassie's policies, Bereket Selassie joined the Eritrean Liberation Front as a freedom fighter and represented the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front at the United Nations. Dr. Selassie also chaired the Constitution Commission of Eritrea in 1994.
Dr. Selassie has written a number of books on law and politics. His most notable piece is his memoir "A Crown and A Pen". Bereket Selassie is married with three grown children and two grandchildren. In this interview (recorded on 10/20/2009), Bereket Habte Selassie reflects on the modern realities facing Africa and the need for development.