Working Groups

The Working Groups are established by the Advisory Council and are composed of experts and practitioners; with the mandate of conducting technical work that is necessary to help the reform process. The members of the Working Groups solely serve on voluntary basis and are selected based on their subject-area expertise. Although the members of the Working Groups serve on voluntary basis, the Advisory Council takes the vetting process very serious and it is conducted with a meticulous calculations. Members of the Working Groups serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of any organized entity.

Each Working Group, irrespective of its specific thematic areas should be able to: adopt and evaluative framework; undertake diagnostic studies based on the evaluative framework adopted; conduct consultation forums on the findings or the diagnostic studies; come up with draft recommendations and laws to address the problems identified by the diagnostic studies and finally conduct public consultations alongside the preparation of draft recommendations and law when necessary. These approaches could however, be departed from when the urgency of a given assignment justifies such departure.

While the Private International Law Working Group, Human Rights Infrastructure Working Group, Legal Education Working Group, and Sustainable Legal Reform Working Group are still under the vetting process, the following Working Groups are functional and conducting their respective works.

The Civil Society Working Group

The civil society working group consists of members from various sectors including; the civil society organizations, legal experts, academicians and international human rights experts.


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Anti – Terrorism Proclamation Working Group

The Anti-Terrorism Proclamation Working Group consists of experienced terrorism suspects’ defendants, specialized experts from the academia and draft experts form the Office of Attorney General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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Media Law Working Group

The media law working group consists of professionals with special expertise on the area including; media law researchers, practicing journalists, media owners, practicing lawyers and members of the civil society.


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Democratic Institution Working Group

The Democratic Institutions Working Group consists of members from academics, international human rights experts and politicians with very good professional experiences.


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Law-Making Process and Administrative Law Working Group

The Law-Making Process and Administrative Law Working Group consist of members of the academics and practitioners with the professional expertise on the area.

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Legal and Related Services Working Group

The Legal and Related Services Working Group consists of; experienced practicing lawyers in Ethiopia and representatives from the Office of the Attorney General’s Advocacy, Legal Aid and Licensing Directorate office.

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Criminal Justice System Working Group

The Criminal Justice System Working Group consists of well-known professionals in the criminal justice area like; academicians, practicing lawyers and researchers.


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Commercial and Civil Law Working Group

The Commercial and Civil Law Working Group consists of members of the academics and lawyers.




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Freedom of Assembly Working Group

The Freedom of Assembly and Protest Working Group consists of highly qualified professionals in the subject area.


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Freedom of Movement Working Group

The Freedom of Movement Working Group consists of professionals who have conducted various researches on the subject area.

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Private International Working Group

The Private International Law Working Group consists of professionals who have conducted various researches on the subject area.

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Sustainability of Legal and Justice Reform Working Group

The Sustainability of Legal and Justice Reform Working Group consists of highly qualified professionals in the subject area.


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Human Rights Infrastructure Working Group

The Human Rights Infrastructure Working Group consists of; Human Right Lawyers, activists and professionals who have conducted various researches on the subject area.

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Legal Education Working Group

The Legal Education Working Group consists of academicians and practitioners with the professional expertise on the area.

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The Civil Society Working Group

The Civil Society Working Group consists of members from various sectors including; the civil society organizations, legal experts, academicians and international human rights experts. The Working Group was established with the mandate of reforming the ex-charities and societies proclamation No. 621/2009. It has conducted the necessary diagnostic study to identify the short comings of the charities and societies proclamation, came up with draft legislation and has conducted successive and successful public consultations. The draft legislation has been accepted by the legislative organ of the Federal Government and entered into force as “Organization of Civil Societies Proclamation No. 1113/2019.”

Members
Debebe Hailegebriel
Dr. Tadesse Kassa
Blen Asrat
Meron Aragaw
Abdulaif Kedir
Abebe Fite
Kumlachew Dagne
Wongel Abate
Kinetibeb Araga

Anti – Terrorism Proclamation Working Group

The Anti – Terrorism Proclamation Working Group consists of experienced terrorism suspects’ defendants, specialized experts from the academia and draft experts from the office Attorney General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Working group was established with the mandate of reforming the infamous Anti – Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009. After conducting a diagnostic study on the previously applicable Anti – Terrorism Proclamation, the working group came up with a new draft legislation that is compatible with international human rights standards. The Working Group has also held several successive and successful public consultations. The draft legislation has been accepted by the legislative organ of the Federal Government and entered into force as “Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism Crimes Proclamation No. 1176/2020.”

Members
Dr. Gedion Timothewos
Dr. Wondwossen Demissse
Dr. Asmelash Yonannes
Abebe Asamere
Blen Sahilu
Ameha Mekonnen
Belayhun Yerga
Amerti Solomon
Hiruy Belay
Kumlachew Dagne
Demoz Aman
Adi Dekebo

Media Law Working Group

The Media Law working group consists of professionals with special expertise on the area including; media law researchers, practicing journalists, media owners, practicing lawyers and members of the civil society. The Working Group was established with the mandate of assessing laws governing the media sector. It was tasked with analyzing deficiencies associated with laws governing the media giving special emphasis to laws affecting the media, freedom of information, broadcasting, computer crimes and other laws. After conducting diagnostic studies to ensure the laws are in line with international human right standards and constitutional principles; the Working Group prepared three legislations: Broadcast Service Proclamation, Computer Crime Legislation and Freedom of Information Proclamation.

Members
Solomon Goshu
Dr. Mesenbet Assefa
Dr. Yared Mengistu
Bethlehem Negash
Hallelujah Lulie
Hanna Betachew
Mesganaew Mulugeta
Mulugeta Aregawi
Mesfin Negash
Dibaba Amensisa
Wubshet Taye
Taye Belachew
Tamrat G/Giorgis
Elshadai Negash
Henok Semagzaber
Mastewal Terefe
Berhan Taye
Hadra Ahmed (Volunteer)

Democratic Institutions Working Group

The Democratic Institutions Working group consists of members from academics, international human rights experts and politicians with very good professional experience. The working Group is mandated with activities of reviewing legal and institutional frameworks on areas of election and reform national human rights institutions. As the mandate of the Working Group is too broad, it has prioritized its reform work and initially focused on election related laws like; reorganization of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, regulation of elections, regulation of the conduct of political parties and the registration of political parties and their codes of conduct. After the successful completion of the reform on areas of election; the working Group is focused on reforming national human rights institutions like; the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, The Institution of the Ombudsperson and the House of Federation and Council of Constitutional Inquiry. It is currently working on reforming the law that establishes the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

Members
Prof. Getachew Assefa
Prof. Kassahun Birhanu
Prof. Tessema Tae
Prof. Merarra Gudian
Dr. Assefa Fiseha
Dr. Getahun Kassa
Dr. Emezat Hailu
Dr. Sisay Alemahu
Dr. Mohammed Abdo
Dr. Yonatan Tesfaye
Dr. Birhanemeskel
Abebe Segni
Bisrat Mekonnen
Metasebia Hailu
Solyana Shimeles
Bizuwork Ketete
Anchinesh Shiferaw
Makda Getachew
Abdi Jibril
Mitku Mekonnen
Aytenew Debebe
Yadeta Gizaw
Dr. Yemane Kassa
Meskerem Geset (Volunteer)

Law – Making Process and Administrative Law Working Group

The Law – Making Process and Administrative Law Working Group consists of academicians and practitioners with the professional expertise on the area. The Working Group is mandated with reviewing the law making process of primary legislations and reviewing the existing draft administrative procedure proclamation. It also works to incorporate law making process mechanisms to ensure the compatibility of laws with the Constitution and making the process consistent. After the thorough review of the existing draft administrative procedure proclamation, the working group has succeeded in coming up with draft legislation and conducting successful and successive public consultations. The draft legislation has been accepted by the legislative organ of the Federal Government and entered into force as “Federal Administrative Procedure Proclamation No. 1183/2020.”

Members
Dr. Mehari Redae
Dr. Solomon Abay
Dr. Yonas Birmeta
Dr. Demelash Shiferaw
Amsalu Baye
Wondemagegn G/Selassie
Sileshi Ketsela
GebreAmlak G/Giorgis
Zenaye Tadesse
Taffesse Yirga
Mesfin Lemma
Abrham Yohannes
Minilik Assefa

Legal and Related Services Working Group

The Legal and Related Services Working Group consists of; experienced practicing lawyers in Ethiopia and representatives from the Office of Attorney General’s Advocacy, Legal aid and licensing directorate office. The Working Group is mandated with the task of identifying the major problems in the provision of legal and related services as well as the legislative and administrative measures that could enhance the level of professionalism, accessibility and ethical conduct among the provider of legal and related services. It was established to broadly analyze the various services provided by the legal profession to the broader public and make recommendations as to how these may be improved.

Members
Manyawkal Mekonnen
Dr. Mulugeta Mengist
Mesfin Tafesse
Tewodoros Meheret
Mehreteab Leul
Aberra H/Mariam
Fekadu Petros

Criminal Justice System Working Group

The Criminal Justice System Working Group consists of well – known professionals on criminal justice area like; academicians, practicing lawyers and researchers. The Working Group is established with the mandate of studying and recommending reforms to the criminal justice system in general. The Working Group has worked on amending the draft proclamation prepared by the Federal Prison Commission to incorporate human rights concerns; which entered into force as “Federal Prison Proclamation No. 1174/2019”. In addition, the Working Group has been working on the draft Criminal procedure Evidence law which was initially drafted by the Office of Attorney General and ensures that it conforms to international and constitutional standards, clarity and completeness.

Members
Dr. Muradu Abdo
Dr. Alemu Meheretu
Dr. Marshet Tadesse
Dr. Dagnachew Assefa
Dr. Wondemagegn Tadesse
Dr. Mrseret
Worku Yaze
Tedenekialesh Tesfa
Simeneh Kiros
Bieza Negusie
Eyob Awash
Nuru Seid
Yoseph Aemero
Daniel Aregawi
Abraham Ayalew
Cherinet Wordofa
Major Befekadu Tolera
Yalelet Teshome
Abdukader Mohammed
Aklile Solomon
Eyerusalem Teshome
Kelemework Mideksa
Kelemework Mideksa
Shebiru Belete
Adi Dekebo (Volunteer)
Tibseo Bezabeh (Volunteer)
Dr. Demelash Kassaye (Volunteer)
Dr. Abdi Jibril (Volunteer)
Dr. Elias Nour (Volunteer)
Dr. Desalegn Kebede (Volunteer)
Dr. Wondowssen Demissie (Volunteer)

Commercial and Civil Law Working Group

The Commercial and Civil Law Working Group consists of members of academics and lawyers. The Working Group is mandated with revising different specific laws in the areas of civil and commercial law. It has received the draft commercial code prepared by the Office of the Attorney General and it is working on checking the comprehensiveness of the draft legislation.s

Members
Israel Tekle
Prof. Zekarias Kenea
Dr. Taddese Lencho
Solomon Immiru
Seyoum Yohannes
Tesfaye Hailemariam
Mintiwab Afework
Martha Belete
Fekadu Petros
Aman Assefa
Bahakal Abate
Ephrem H/Mariam
Mahlet Kassa
Gezu Ayele
Sintayehu Zeleke
Assefa Ali
Yonas Melaku
Belai Kebede
Tsehai Wada
Trihas G/Egiabher
Mitiku Mada
Rahwa Mehbratu
Belay Yerga

Freedom of Assembly Working Group

The Freedom of Assembly Working Group consists of highly qualified professionals in the subject area. It was established with the mandate of studying and making the necessary recommendations regarding the legal regime for the exercise of the freedom of assembly, association and expression. The Working Group after conducting diagnostic study has prepared draft legislation, conducted successive and successful public consultations and has submitted the draft legislation to the office of the Attorney General.

Members
Dr. Abdi Jibril
Dr. Kalkidan Negash
Dr. Yonas Tesfa
Dr. Mizanie Abate
Dr. Demelash Shiferaw
Bantayehu Demile
Wubshet Kassaw

Freedom of Movement Working Group

The Freedom of Movement Working Group consists of professionals who have conducted various researches on the subject area. It was established to examine the existing legislation regarding freedom of movement and the right to choose residence in Ethiopia. The Working Group is conducting a diagnostic study on the subject matter and pending the findings of its diagnostic study, it is expected to suggest possible measures.

Members
Yonas Girma
Abel Cherinet
Henok Ashagrey
Awet Hailezgi
Molalign Asmare
Bruk Dereje
Ayele Woubshet

Private International Working Group

The Private International Law Working Group consists of professionals who have conducted various researches on the subject area. It will focus on the development of normative and practical ways through which rules and practices on jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition/enforcement of judgments can protect the rights and interests of individuals, and especially children, while consolidating the economic and social communion inside Ethiopia’s federal system as well as between Ethiopia and other members of the international community. In this process, the Working Group will also harmonize Ethiopia’s legislation with international developments in the field of private international law.

Members
Ambassador Ibrahim Idris
Dr. Samuel Teshale Derbe
Araya Kebede
Sultan Kassim Genna
Abebe Abebayehu Chekol
Eyoel Behailu Woldemariam

Sustainability of Legal and Justice Reform Working Group

The Sustainability of Legal and Justice Reform Working Group consists of highly qualified professionals in the subject area. The final work of the Legal and Justice Affair Advisory Council’s will be studying the current state of law reform initiatives, their effectiveness and sustainability.

Recognizing that the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council is a temporary institution which is fit for the urgent circumstance Ethiopia finds itself in, this Working Group will study the experiences of Ethiopia and other jurisdictions and recommend a roadmap for sustaining the efforts of legal and justice system reform into the future.

Members
Dr. Mulugeta Mengist
Alebachew Birhanu
Mesay Meskele Tsegaye
Zekarias Erkola
Mesfin Eshetu
Bantayehu Demile
Belayhun Yirga
Hanan Abebe

Human Rights Infrastructure Working Group

The Human Rights Infrastructure Working Group consists of; Human Right Lawyers, activists and professionals who have conducted various researches on the subject area. The Human Rights Infrastructure Working Group will have a broader mandate covering a broad range within Ethiopian laws that are connected with human rights. This Working Group will have two main objectives; to ensure that the human rights related work of the Advisory Council is synergized, and that the important human rights matters are not overlooked.

In addition its regular Working Group members, it will also include members of other Working Groups (on an ad hoc basis) to ensure that the Working Group is updated on the goings and works of the Advisory Council. Its diagnostic study or studies will focus on the data aggregated on the human rights condition of Ethiopia in the assessments of its National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) and the report of intergovernmental human rights mechanisms and make recommendations that can range from a call for the establishment of additional Working Groups to high-impact interventions such as, advising the Attorney General to take specific actions of reforms.

Members
Dr. Abdi Jibril
Adem Kassie
Amerti Solomon
Girmachew Alemu
Kalkidan Aberra
Dr. Mekdes Tadele
Dr. Mizanie Ababe
Samuel Tilahun
Dr. Takele Soboka
Yemeserach Legese
Dr. Zelalem Teferra

Legal Education Working Group

The Legal Education Working Group consists of academicians and practitioners with the professional expertise on the area. The Working Group was established with the mandate of monitoring the effects these legal and justice reforms have on legal education while working on the broader reach of legal education in general.

Members
Dr. Dejene Girma Janka
Dr. Muradu Abdo Srur
Dr. Biruk Haile Gereyo
Dr. Abdulmalik Abubaker Ahmed
Dr. Kalkidan Negash Obse
Eyob Awash