Call for Papers: IOLA’s Conference on The State of Rule of law, Human Rights and Democracy in Ethiopia [April 1, London]: Submit by Dec 30

International Oromo Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Conference on The State of Rule of law, Human Rights and Democracy in Ethiopia on April 1st, 2016 at London.


The State of Rule of law, Human Rights and Democracy in Ethiopia

Continuous efforts have been made to create a modern state and the legal basis that underpins its formation in Ethiopia for about one century.

The adoption of the 1930 constitution and the 1955 revised constitution which is followed by series of law making attempts that produced half a dozen of codified laws over a space of 10 years in the mid twentieth century.

The 1991 Transitional Charter and more importantly, the 1995 constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia could be taken as one of the most radical marking point and complete departure from the past in the legal and political history of Ethiopia.

This new constitution brought about a new state formation and instituted the formation of nine Regional States with their respective state structures.

Politicians and the academia fiercely debate on the legal and political implication of the rights of the nations and nationalities enshrined in this constitution.

IOLA seeks to reflect on the underlying reasons that necessitated the adoption of major legal documents that constitute today’s Ethiopia and to discuss the level of success of such legislative attempts.

It would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the legacies of past and present constitutive moments.

With that in mind, IOLA would like to invite interested individuals from the academia and politics to present research papers in which they attempt to explore recurring theoretical and empirical issues that have dominated the Ethiopian political landscape from different disciplinary perspectives.

Possible topics include but not limited to

1. The power relationship between the Centre (Federal) and its constituting Regional Sates under the 1995 FDRE constitution: theory and practice.

2. The position of Oromia Regional State regarding the capital city (Addis Ababa or Finfinnee)

3. Electoral politics in Ethiopia: the role of the opposition and civil society,

4. Federalism as a solution for Self-determination of people/nations

5. The current state of law enforcement and justice systems in Ethiopia: comparative analysis to the rule of law and universal human rights norms.

6. Freedom of the press and the media landscape in contemporary Ethiopia.


30th December, 2015


Interested participants are urged to submit their respective abstracts and a biography of no more than 150 words to [email protected]

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