AJF is working with a former scholar, Liku Worku, a legislative drafter from the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice and founder of AbyssiniaLaw.com, to develop a comprehensive online legal database and provide greater access to Ethiopian statutes and binding decisions. This will ensure that the law can be applied consistently across the country and legal developments and precedents made available to lawyers and clients.
The Africa Justice Foundation (AJF) has received a request for assistance from one of its former Scholars from Ethiopia. Liku Worku completed a LLM at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in 2011-12 and returned to his role as a Legislative Drafter and Public Prosecutor at the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice, in addition to lecturing part-time at Addis Ababa University.
Recognising that there was no readily-available compendium of Ethiopian legal materials, Ato Liku founded Abyssinia Law Information Centre in August 2012 for the purpose of providing an online free-access resource for Ethiopian legal information in both Amharic (the national language) and English.
AbyssiniaLaw aims to:
- Provide access to Ethiopian consolidated laws with complete information about the law in order to aid the administration of and access to justice, the knowledge and practice of law and the development of jurisprudence.
- Provide a collection of resources on Ethiopian legal system including professional blog entries, commentaries, policy documents, court decisions, and research papers for Ethiopian’s legal profession, students, academics and the public so that users with an interest in the law and Ethiopia can promptly access the information they require.
At present, the service gives free access to Federal and State consolidated laws of Ethiopia together with status information on whether the law is effective and if it has been amended or repealed.
In order to sustain its service, expand its provision and meet the needs of its users, Abyssinia Law has identified a number of key objectives:
- Incorporate in the database all previous laws starting from 1931, in English and Amharic
- Collect, organise and consolidate the 9 Regional State laws, in English, Amharic and local languages
- Categorise all Supreme Court Cassation Bench decisions, in English and Amharic
- Incorporate online research from different universities
- Update the website so that the contents are more easily searchable, and upgrade the hosting so that more users can access it simultaneously
- Integrate the site with ‘WoredaNet’, an e-Government Wide Area Network lined to accessible in each ward across the country