Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series Vol. XII (2020)

Since its establishment on December 2, 2016; the Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series has been publishing in the field of human rights laws under the School of Law of Addis Ababa University. It focuses on publishing cross-cutting thematic researches on human rights law, with a focus on Ethiopia and supports the graduate programs of the School with the aim of encouraging staff and students’ participation in research activities. Its history depicts that each volume of Ethiopian Human Rights Law Series covers different themes in priority areas identified by the Committee of Conveners and approved by the Academic Committee of the Law School.

This year’s publication is under the theme: Righting Human Rights through Legal Reform: Ethiopia’s Contemporary Experience. Since the first initiative of the 1950s “modernization” attempts of its legal system, Ethiopia has adopted and revised several of its laws including the five most notable and basic ones: the 1957 Penal Code, the 1960 Civil Code, Commercial Code, Maritime Code, the 1961 Criminal Procedure Code and the 1965 Civil Procedure Code. While these codes remained unchanged for the most part of the second half of the 19th Century, and some even in our time, three constitutions, numerous other laws have been adopted over the years to cover additional and ever evolving areas or to amend or replace existing ones. The Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council in collaboration with School of Law, Addis Ababa University has worked on this year's edition.


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