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Protection of women rights in the justice systems of Ethiopia


Project Leader: Kjetil Tronvoll

Aim of the project

The project aims to analyse how the Ethiopian plural justice systems (formal, customary and sharia court structures) incorporate, reflect upon, and employ international women ́s rights in their judicial inquiry. The project is expected to run for the next six years and will have three phases. The current and first phase of baseline study runs for 2 years.

Clients & local partners


  • The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.


  • National and regional universities and state courts in project locations.

Deliverables & time frame

The project will have several concrete deliverables, during the phase one of the project.

Phase 1: Baseline (2 years)

  • Six reports analysing the cases in each research site: the centre and the five sub regions.
  • A report on the relation between formal and informal justice systems in regards to enforcement of the rights of women
  • Quarterly briefings with RN Embassy staff in Addis Ababa on formal and informal justice systems and women’s rights enforcement in Ethiopia.

Time frame

  • 2014 – 2016
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