College of Law Staff Participate in Advanced Courses at Pretoria University

 

 

1Haramaya University College of Law staffs participated in advanced courses organized by Pretoria University, Center for Human Rights in South Africa in May 2015.

The center hosts advanced course on human rights with different titles every month between February and November.

One of the participants from Haramaya University was Eshetu Yadeta, second year masters student and guest lecturer for undergraduate students at the College. He participated in the advanced course on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights. Mr. Eshetu, who is a judge by profession and has been working in Eastern Showa Zone First Instance Court for over two years, joined Haramaya University Master of Law program in 2014.

The advanced course, Mr Eshetu said, was a great exposure to learn techniques on judicial application of socio economic rights. He also conducted a presentation on socio-economic rights in Ethiopia.

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Controversial issues of enforceability of socio-economic rights were dealt with extensive discussions. Participants agreed that socio-economic rights are enforceable by raising particular examples on how courts in South Africa and India managed to enforce socio-economic rights by calling and imposing obligation on finance ministers.

The challenge to African context, however, is that governments claim financial constraints. Nevertheless, courts should cross check on the validity of budget allocation. Extravagant expenditures shall be challenged by courts. Participants firmly opined that socio-economic rights are enforceable before court and took responsibility to enforce the rights in courts.

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Gebreala Abraham, another MA student and Assistant Lecturer of law at the College, participated on the advanced course at the center on the right to development in Africa held in August, 2015. There were multidisciplinary issues raised at this training ranging from the socio economic rights to financial regulation, gender as a development agenda and democracy and development. PhD candidates, officials, and experts from different organizations were invited to present their papers and lectures during the course.

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Most of the participants in the training were human rights experts working on different public offices. Instructors from universities and experts from other fields also participated. Comprehensive and diverse issues were raised and discussed in the training. Participants were able to share African values with fellow Africans and discuss development hurdles with particular national perspectives.

One of the most important issues discussed was lack of sufficient legal scheme at regional level on the right to development. Participants were required to draft regional convention on the right to development in group in a group work. The conventions were presented to scholars from center for human rights and comments were forward to the group members.

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