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Introduction Like many other countries around the globe, Ethiopia has embraced ICTs and ICT based services as key enabler for social and economic development in the country. Various efforts are also underway to significantly increase Internet connectivity speeds and access. But greater bandwidth will not only mean faster and better internet access but also faster and better means to launch cyber-attacks and opens more opportunities for criminals to exploit naïve users. In this article I will try to explore the efforts and initiatives being made…
Note: This piece is an excerpt from an upcoming law review article titled “The Dark Future of Privacy in Ethiopia, And How to Stop It” Opening Ethiopia doesn't have laws that are specifically designed to deal with privacy and data protection issues except a few set of rules contained in various pieces of legislation that guarantee right to privacy rather in a very indirect fashion. The major sources of Ethiopian law dealing with issues of privacy and data protection can generally be grouped into four…
ባለንበት ዘመን ሕገ መንግሥት ወይም ስለመንግሥት አሠራርና አመራር የሚደነግግ ሕግ የሌሎው ሀገር ለማግኘት ያስቸግራል፡፡ ሳስበው ሕገ መንግሥታዊ ሥርዓት መደንገግና በዛው ልክ መቆጣጠር ያስፈለገበት መሠረታዊ ምክንያት የሰው ልጅ ካለፈባቸው የችግርና የጦርነት ውጤት የቀሰመው አብይ መፍትሔ እንደሆነ ይሰማኛል፡፡ አብዛኞቹ ሀገራት በሕገ መንግሥታቸው ውስጥ ከሚያካትቱት መሠረታዊና ጥቅል ድንጋጌዎች መካከል የመንግሥት ሥልጣንና ተግባር፣ የዜጎች መሠረታዊ መብትና ግዴታ፣ የመንግሥት አስተዳደርና የሥልጣን ክፍፍል እንዲሁም የአሠራር ሁኔታ ይገኙበታል፡፡ በተለይ ሕገ መንግሥት የመንግሥትን ሥልጣን በሕግ አውጪ፣ በሕግ አስፈፃሚ እና በሕግ ተርጓሚ በመከፋፈል የእያንዳንዱን ሥልጣንና ተግባር በጥቅሉ ዘርዝሮ ይገኛል፡፡ በሕገ መንግሥት ውስጥ የሚገኙት እነዚህ…
ከቅርብ ጊዜ ወዲህ በተለያዩ ርዕሰ-ጉዳዮች ላይ የሚወጡ ሕጎች ተከሳሽ የተከሰሰበትን ወንጀል ያመነ ከሆነ ወይም ስለተፈፀመው ድርጊት ስለተባባሪዎቹ ሚና ጠቃሚ መረጃ ከሰጠ ከፍርድ ውሳኔ በፊት ሥልጣን ያለው ክፍል ከክሱ ነፃ ሊያደርገው እንደሚችል ደንግገው ይታያሉ፡፡ በተለይ ድንበር ተሻጋሪ ወንጀሎችን ለመከላከል ሥራ ላይ የዋሉ ስምምነቶችና ተቀባይነት ያገኙ መግለጫዎች በተደራጁ ወንጀሎች ዙሪያ የሚወጡ ሕጎች በተባባሪዎች ላይ በቂ መረጃ የሚሰጥ ተከሳሽን ከክሱ ነፃ የሚደረግበትን ሥርዐት ሊዘረጉ እንደሚገባ ያመለክታል፡፡ እነዚህን መሰል ድንጋጌዎች በወንጀል በቀረበ ክስ ላይ ጥፋተኝነትን ማመንና (Plea of guilt) ለፍርድ ሂደቱ ተባባሪ ሆኖ መገኘት ከወንጀል ተጠያቂነት ነፃ እስከመሆን ሊደርስ…
ሰበር ችሎቱ በመዝገብ ቁጥር 11270 የሚቀራረብ ጭብጥ አጋጥሞት ነበር፡፡ በዚህ መዝገብ የሚሟገቱት የትምህርት መሳሪያዎች ማምረቻና ማከፋፈያ ድርጅት እና አንድ የቀድሞ ሰራተኛዉ ናቸዉ፡፡ ጥያቄዉ ጉዳዩ በአዋጅ ቁጥር 42/83 ይሸፈናል ወይ የሚል ነበር፡፡ ይህን የተመለከተዉ ሰበር ችሎቱ በመጋቢት 23 ቀን 1997 በሰጠዉ ዉሳኔ እንዲህ ብሏል፡፡ ለዚህ ጉዳይ አግባብነት ያለዉና የአመልካች መስሪያ ቤትን ያቋቋመዉ አዋጅ ቁ.266/76 በአንቀጽ ንኡስ አንቀጽ 1 ላይ መስሪያ ቤቱ የመንግስት መስሪያ ቤት እንደሆነ ደንግጓል፡፡ ይህም ማለት በመርህ ደረጃ አመልካች መስሪያ ቤት አስተዳደራዊ ስራዎችን የሚሰራ ሆኖ በአጋጣሚ ግን ከምርት ዉጤቶቹና ከአገልግሎት ዋጋ ገቢ ያገኛል፡፡ የመስሪያ…
Since posting this few days ago my attention were brought to a Comment that was posted on facebook. Since I have deactivated my account, the editor of the website copied and sent me the Comment. The Comment is by Abadir Ibrahim who wrote: This is an interesting but incomplete work. The author does not try that hard to find counterarguments. Simple examples of counterarguments could be – 1. such practice increases the risks of authoritarianism by giving an already powerful executive more powers & risks…
መግቢያ የፍትሐ ብሔር ሕግ ቁጥር 1724 እንዲህ ይነበባል፤ መንግስት ወይም ለሕዝብ አገልግሎት የቆሙ መስሪያ ቤቶች ግዴታ የሚዋዋሉባቸዉ ዉሎች ሁሉ በጽሁፍና በሚገባ አኳኋን በፍርድ ቤት መዝገብ ወይም ባንድ ባስተዳደር ክፍል መስሪያ ቤት መዝገብ ወይም ዉል ለማዋዋል ስልጣን በተሰጠዉ ሰዉ ፊት መሰራት አለባቸዉ፡፡ እንግሊዘኛዉ ደግሞ እንዲህ ይነበባል፤ Any contract binding the Government or a public administration shall be in writing and registered with a court, public administration or notary. የኪራይ ቤቶች አስተዳደር ድርጅት የሚዋዋላቸዉ ዉሎች በዚህ የፍ/ብ/ሕ/ቁ.1724 የሚወድቁ ናቸዉ ወይ የሚለዉን ጥያቄ ለመመለስ እሞክራለሁ፡፡ ለዚህ ጽሁፍ መነሻ…
Looking for a file in my computer, I stumbled upon this that I wrote a year or so ago, in relation to a debate/conversation that I was having with friends on facebook. Now I said why not and posted it here. The thesis The thesis is: regulation can be used to amend provisions of a proclamation provided that there is clear substantive basis in the proclamation which the regulation is meant to amend. To illustrate this we can take the following hypothetical proclamation and regulation.…
የጉዳዩ መነሻ ለዚህ አጭር ጽሁፍ መነሻ የሆነኝ የፌዴራሉ ጠቅላይ ፍርድ ቤት ሰበር ችሎት በሰበር መዝገብ ቁጥር 74950 የሰጠዉ ዉሳኔ ነዉ፡፡ ጉዳዩ የገንዘብ ብድርን ይመለከታል፡፡ ተበዳሪ ከአበዳሪ በታሕሳስ 26 ቀን 1995 የተወሰደዉን ብር 237000.00 በጥር 30 ቀን 1995 ለመመለስ ቃል ገብቷል፡፡ ነገር ግን ገንዘቡን ሳይመልስ በመቅረቱ የአበዳሪ ወራሾች በተበዳሪ ላይ ሐምሌ 21 ቀን 2002 ባስገቡት ክስ ተበዳሪ ዋናዉን ገንዘብ እንዲመልስና ከየካቲት 01 ቀን 1995 መሰረት የሚታሰብ ወለድም እንዲከፍል ዳኝነት ይጠይቃሉ፡፡ ተበዳሪ በበኩሉ በዉላቸዉ ዉስጥ ወለድ ይከፍላል የሚል ቃል እንደሌለና ማስታወቂያ/ማስጠንቀቂያ ስላልተሰጠዉ ወለዱን መክፈል እንደማይገደድ ይከራከራል፡፡ በዚህ…
What would you answer if you are confronted with a question: is appeal a fundamental right? Would you say yes, no or neither? I think the argument leans towards yes, does not it? Art 20(6) of the constitution affirms the right of any person to “appeal to the competent court against an order”; yet, I do not aim to discuss appeal in courts, but its general perception in arbitration. Before any arbitration proceeding is underway, it presupposes a valid dispute settlement clause. In the book…
The following is an extract from a monograph that I am developing on Ethiopian criminal law. I posted it here with a view to soliciting views from readers. Ethiopia is a federal state. Hence, the first question that should be raised is as to how trial jurisdiction is allocated between federal courts on the one hand and courts of regional states on the other. Related to the jurisdiction to try criminal cases is the respective roles of federal and regional governments in the development of…
I say 1958 was a year the international arbitration world took a remarkable move. The UN and other parties interested in international arbitration embarked an international convention to recognize and enforce foreign arbitral awards. The convention was signed in New York, The New York Convention to Recognize and Enforce Foreign Arbitral Awards (NYC), and it became the most popular convention in the whole wide world. The major trading nations, those that appear to be antagonistic have signed it without any kind of reservation. Thus far,…
If you have an interest on a property and this interest is registered, it will have legal effects on third parties. The idea is the third party knew or should have known of a prior interest registered before the acquisition of his own interest. Government enhances certainty and security of land transactions by providing a registry system. The purpose of this registry system is to register anyone who has prescribed interests (such as mortgage) on a land so that third parties would have a chance…