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Dr Asress Gikay
Senior Lecturer in AI, Disruptive Innovation and Law


Dr. Asress Adimi Gikay is a Lecturer in AI, Disruptive Innovation, and Law at Brunel University London since September 2019, with his research focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy. In 2020, he has completed his PhD (with Honor) in Individual Person and Legal Protections at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) with thesis dedicated to the Regulation of Automated Consumer Credit Scoring in the EU and the US. He also earned his Doctorate Degree in Juridical Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) at Central European University (CEU) in 2016 specializing in comparative secured transactions law. He holds LLM in International Business Law (CEU) and LLM in Comparative Law, Economic, and Finance (IUC-Torino). He obtained his LLB degree with distinction from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Law in 2008. 

Dr. Gikay has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from secured transaction law reform to the regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrencies including in the Journal of Civil Law Studies, Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet, Tilburg Law Review and Mizan Law Review. He has also authored monographs published on the International Encyclopedia of Laws and a book title “Competition Law in Ethiopia” published by Kluwer Law International. He is the co-editor of “Human Rights, Consumer Law, and Vulnerable Consumers (Routledge, 2020)

He has taught different courses at LLB level at Haramaya University College of Law in Ethiopia. In 2016, he was a visiting lecturer at Hawassa University College of Law and Governance where he taught Investment Law, Bankruptcy Law and the Law of Banking, Insurance and Carriage at LLM level where he has also chaired master’s degree thesis defence panels. Recently, he has taught at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law as a guest Lecturer in Digital Law.

Dr. Gikay is a member of Brunel University Center for Artificial Intelligence.


-PhD in Individual Person and Legal Protections, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies(2020). 

-Doctorate of Juridical Sciences, Central European University Department of Legal Studies(2016).

- LLM in Comparartive Law, Finance and Economics, International University College of Turin(2012).

- LLM in International Business Law, Central European University(2011).

-LLB, Addis Ababa Unversity Faculty of Law(2008).



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