Legal and judicial plurality in Ethiopia

ILPI Senior Legal Advisor and Research Professor, Girmachew Alemu published a chapter in the book titled “Non-State Justice Institutions and the Law”. The chapter is titled “Legal and Judicial Plurality and the Incorporation of Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanisms within the State Justice System”.

The focus of the chapter is on the state- and non-state justice system in the country, particularly the incorporation of the traditional dispute resolution process of Shimglina within the State Justice System.

The book focuses on decision making at the interface of tradition, religion and the state. Traditional forms of dispute resolution have become an important aspect in the political and academic debates on law and development and in numerous cases of constitution-making and judicial reform. This book focuses on decision-making by non-state justice institutions at the interface of traditional, religious, and state laws. The authors discuss the implications of non-state justice for the rule of law, presenting case studies on traditional councils and courts in Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Bolivia and South Africa. Looking at the legitimacy of non-state justice from various angles, this collection explores the ways in which non-state legal systems and governmental structures are embedded in official state justice institutions and how this affects the protection of human rights.

For more information about the book, click here.

Aneme, GA 2015, ‘Ethiopia: Legal and judicial plurality and the incorporation of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms within the state justice system’, in Non-state justice institutions and the law: decision-making at the interface of tradition, M Kötter, TJ Röder, GF Schuppert, & R Wolfrum(eds), Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

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