College of Law Presents Juvenile Justice Research Findings at Validation Workshop
A research team from a College of Law recently presented their findings on the “Assessment of the Juvenile Justice System in Maya City and the East Hararghe Zone of the Oromia National Regional State” to justice sector officials from the Oromia Region.
The research aimed to provide valuable feedback to Oromia Region on the current state of juvenile justice in selected areas, as well as to offer recommendations for enhancing the system.
The research study was conducted in the Gursum, Grawa, and Deder districts of the East Hararghe Zone, as well as Harar and Maya City. The discussion of the findings focused on the challenges, responsibilities, and the way forward to ensure that both national and international laws on the rights of juveniles are enforced.

Dr. Richard Wenttzel, Dean of the College of Law at Haramaya University, has announced that the College of Law has been recognized for its exceptional community engagement efforts. In particular, the college has been providing free legal aid services to underprivileged and vulnerable individuals living in the East and West Hararghe Zones and Maya City. The justice sector officials of the Oromia National Regional State have also acknowledged the college for the quality of its research and appreciated its efforts in fulfilling the dual mandate of community engagement and research outreach.
Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) provided financial support for the research and expressed satisfaction with the validation workshop findings. The College of Law plans to collaborate with PEJ on similar initiatives.
The dean announced that a team of researchers from Haramaya University’s College of Law, which included Gadissa Tesfaye, Firew Kasaye, Bacha Daba, Nuru Beyene, and Remedan Shame, conducted a study to assess juvenile justice. The validation workshop for the study took place in Addis Ababa.

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