School of Law

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Human Rights Laws)

E-mail: Abebe.Assefa@uog.edu.et or

Abebeassefa1@gmail.com

Tel:+251928542736

Office Tel: +251588110619

Po.Box:196

University of Gondar, Ethiopia

 

Abebe Assefa Alemu (Dean, School of Law of University of Gondar)

Dean’s Message

The Dean of School of law would like to welcome visitors of our web-site and those who plan to join our school.  The school has been striving to produce competent legal professionals to the national as well as the international market.  Our former students are now excellent legal professionals who are contributing to the betterment of the justice system across the nation.  Our School has also a unique excellence in the provision of free legal aid service to the marginalized individuals and groups.  More than 8000 beneficiaries are accessed with the service every year.   This is the real community service we have been proudly offering to enhance access to justice to the community.  It is also plying a double role for being the forum for practical legal education where students learn law by doing law.  Owing to the quality of our legal education supported by the various modalities of clinical legal education, our students have excellent track records (100% to 97%) in passing the national exit examination which has been administered every year.   Moot court competition, as one of the modalities of practical legal education, has also been the most important achievements of the school.  Delegates of the school have been awarded with trophies in the national and international moot competitions.   The achievement of the school, on quality legal education and research, is also excellent in our postgraduate program.   Thus, invite prospective students and new faculty to join this impactful school where quality legal education, research and need based community service is the norm.

BACKGROUND ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF LAW

The School of law of University of Gondar was launched in 2005, a year after the University’s establishment to become one more faculty in the University.   It had begun its academic activities with 61 degree students in the extension program with few full-time and part-time instructors from the North Gondar High Court.

It has been 13 years now during which the School has undergone so many developments.  It is offering law courses at LLB and LLM level through its regular, extension and summer programs. Though, upon establishment, the School had only few full-time instructors, now more than 33 members of academic staff have joined and are teaching law courses in the School.

The School has been working with many stakeholders in and outside including national courts, general attorney offices, police institutions etc.  It has been serving as the chair of the Ethiopian Law Schools’ Consortium since 2015 to date.  It is also active member to the International Association of Law Schools.  Faculty members and students have been actively participating in moot court competitions held at the national and international levels where we able to won so many trophies particularly in the moot competition held in The Hague, Geneva organized by the International Criminal Court.

Currently the School is offering two graduate programs LLM in Human Rights Law and LLM in Environmental and Water Laws. The later program is very distinct in its nature and is offered nowhere in the nation except in our School of Law.  A curriculum was designed on LLM program in Criminal Justice and will be opened soon.

Academic and Administrative Staff Profile

S/n Name Specialization/Area of interest Edu. Level Academic rank E-mail Address
1. Wondwossen Wakene Constitutional and Public Laws LLM Assistant Professor wondwossenwakene69@gmail.com
2. Yohanis Yitayih Constitutional and Public Laws LLM Lecturer yyitayih@yahoo.com
3. Demowz Kassie Human Rights Laws LL.M Lecturer demiefree@gmail.com
4. Abebe Assefa Human Rights and Criminal Justice LLM Lecturer abebeassefa1@gmail.com
5. Gashaw Sisay Human Rights and Criminal Justice LLM Lecturer gashaw.sisay@yahoo.com
6. Hiruy Wubie Human Rights Law LLM PhD candidate hiruy.wubie@gmail.com
7. Teramed Tezera Human Rights Law LLM Lecturer tertez86@yahoo.com
8. Belay Shibeshi Human Rights Law LLM Lecturer bel99shi@yahoo.com
9. Hiwot Abebe Human Rights Law LLM Lecturer afomith@gmail.com
10. Wubshet Kumulachew Human Rights Law LLM PhD Candidate wubiekermela@gmail.com
11. Solomon Tekle Human Rights Law PhD Assistant Professor solomomte@gmail.com
12. Workneh Alemnew Business Law LLM Lecturer worknehalemnew@gmail.com
13. Worku Kassaw Business and Corporate Law LLM Lecturer bereketeworku@gmail.com
14. Wendimnew Kasa Business Law LLM Lecturer wondman@gmail.com
15. Nebiyat Limenih Business and Corporate Law LLB LLM Candidate nebiat2006@gmail.com
16. Bebizu Mulugeta Business Law LLM Lecturer babimulugeta@gmail.com
17. Brook Kebede Human Rights LLB LLM Candidate kebedebrook89@yahoo.com
18. Tefera Eshetu Environmental Law LLM PhD Candidate teferish66@gmail.com
19. Zenebe Adelahu Environmental Law LLM Lecturer adelahuz@yahoo.com
20. Mekuria Tsegaye Environment and Water Laws LLB LLM Candidate mekuriats11@gmail.com
21. Tariku Tadele Environment and Water Laws LLB LLM Candidate taretaddele@gmail.com
22. Birhan Siru Law and Development LLM Lecturer birhansiru@yahoo.com
23. Mezgebu Sahile Public International Law LLM Lecturer mezgebuneri@yahoo.com
24. Adisu Birhan Public International Law LLM Lecturer addisbirhan@ymail.com
25. Bekele Adane Public International Law LLM Lecturer dagibek2011@gmail.com
26. Andargachew Tiruneh Disability Law PhD Associate Professor
27. Hailemichael Teshome Technology Law PhD Associate Professor H.Demissie@acts-net.org
28. Andualem Eshetu Environment and Development MA Lecturer andualem.eshetu@yahoo.com
29 Fedila Shehibo LLB LLB Assistant Lecturer Fedilas01@gmail.com
30 Belete Adis LLB LLB Assistant Lecturer beleadd82@gmail.com
  • Our Vision

We envision the growth of our School to become one of the best law schools in Ethiopian universities producing passionate and skilled legal minds.

  • Our Mission

We actively strive for the enhancement of democracy, good governance, tolerance, equity, social justice and economic development for the people of Ethiopia through the provision of quality teaching, research and community service programs specifically on laws and legal issues.

  • Awards

The delegates of the School won various awards mainly on moot court competitions at the national and international competitions.

  • Best Department of the Year of 2016/17 Award Winner, University of Gondar;
  • International Criminal Court Competition Cup Award in 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands;
  • Best Memorial Award Winner, in 2012, 4th National Moot Court Competition, Ethiopian Humanitarian Red Cross;
  • Runner up Team Award winner, 4th National Moot Court Arbitration Competition, 2012, Ethiopian Arbitration and Conciliation Center;
  • Award winner of the National Moot Court Competition;
  • Best Oralist Award Winner, 2nd Moot Arbitration Conciliation, Ethiopian Arbitration and Conciliation Center;

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Dean

Department Head

Coordinators

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

  • UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM (BACHELOR OF LAWS (LL.B)

Contact person

Mr. Mezigebu Sahle(Head)

E-mail: mezgebuneri@yahoo.com

Tel: +251911519790

DURATION

5 years (regular program), 6 years (extension program)

  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The program aims at satisfying the national demand for lawyers and law teachers who have basic understanding of law in theoretical, philosophical, institutional and cultural contexts of Ethiopia. The course enables students to comprehend and implement the new policies of the country, extend consultancy services in the formulation of legal policy and research and teach at higher education institutions. Students are also supported to develop an appreciation of constitutional values, the rule of law, democracy and good governance, and understanding of the law. The LLB is delivered according to the nationally harmonized curriculum which is comprised of core and elective course run for five years. At the end of fifth year students placed for three month externship through which they gain practical exposure. The clinical externship course is designed to provide educational experiences through supervised legal practice. Practice and observation help students develop and sharpen legal skills, reflect on the role of lawyers, and evaluate the effectiveness of laws and legal institutions. The course also supports students in formulating career goals and establishing relationships to assist in the achievement of these goals.

  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENT(S)

The entry points determined by the Ministry of Education, each year, among students who took the Entrance exam for Higher Education.

  • GRADUATE PROFILE

Graduates of the LLB in Law will have the following competencies:

  • Critical legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Legal research, negotiation, mediation, and other fundamental skills necessary to participate effectively in the legal profession;
  • Students who complete the Externship Course are expected to be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:;
  • Legal research and analysis;
  • Legal writing;
  • Effective oral communication;
  • Interviewing;
  • Counseling;
  • Investigation;
  • Exercise of judgment;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Project execution;
  • Self-improvement;
  • Capacity for life-long learning.
  • Courses Breakdown

Year I, Semester I: 29ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
1 Enla-M1013 English for Lawyers 10
2 Laws-M1010 Introduction to Law and Legal History 14
Laws1011 Introduction to Law 3
Laws1012 Legal History and Traditions 5
Laws1013 Introduction to Ethiopian Legal System 3
Laws1014 Customary Law 3
3 INSY-M2021 Information and Communication Technology 5

Year I, Semester II: 32ECTS

Module Code Module Title ECTS
4 Laws-M1020 Law of Personal Status 15
Laws1021 Law of Persons (P)* 5
Laws1022 Family Law 5
Laws1023 Law of Successions 5
5 Laws-M1030 Introduction to Logic and Legal Philosophy 12
Laws1031 Introduction to Logic 5
Laws1032 Jurisprudence 7
6 Laws-M1040 Legal Research Methodology 5

* Prerequisite, Concentrated Delivery

Year II, Semester I: 33 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
7 Laws-M2010 Constitutional Law and Federalism 18
Laws2011 Constitutional Law 8
Laws2012 Federalism 5
Laws2013 Administrative Law 5
8 Laws-M2020 Law of Obligations 15
Laws2021 Law of Contracts 10
Laws2022 Law of Extra-Contractual Liability 5

Year II, Semester II: 31 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
9 Laws-M2033 Interdisciplinary 6
Laws2034 Psychology and Forensic Science 3
Laws2035 Sociology and Criminology 3
10 Laws-M2040 Laws of Property 15
Laws2041 General Property Law 7
Laws2042 Intellectual property Law 5
Laws2043 Land Law 3
11 Laws-M2050 Criminal Law 10

Year III, Semester I: 27 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
12 Laws-M3010 Special Contracts 12
Laws3011 Law of Administrative Contracts 3
Laws3012 Law of Agency 3
Laws3013 Law of Sales 3
Laws3014 Law of Security Devices 3
13 Laws-M3020 Law of Traders and Business Organizations 7
14 Laws-M3030 Tax Law 8

Year III, Semester II: 31ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
15 Laws-M3040 Laws of Procedure 25
Laws3041 Law of Criminal Procedure 5
Laws3042 Law of Civil Procedure 10
Laws3043 Law of Evidence 5
Laws3044 Conflict of Laws 5
16 Laws-M3050 Legal Drafting 6
Laws3051 Legal Writing 3
Laws3052 Legislative Drafting 3

Year IV, Semester I: 29 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
17 Laws-M4010 Financial Laws 8
Laws4011 Law of Insurance 3
Laws4012 Law of Banking and Negotiable Instruments 5
18 Laws-M4020 International Public Law 16
Laws4021 Public International Law 7
Laws4022 International Humanitarian Law 3
Laws4023 Environmental Law 3
Laws4024 Water Law 3

19 Optional Module- Laws-M4032 (E) (5ECTS)

Laws4031 – Law of Public Enterprises, Cooperatives and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises

Laws4032 – Construction Law

Laws4033 – Law of Non Profit Organizations

Laws4034 – Military Law

Laws4035 – Maritime Law Laws4036 – Media Law

Laws4037 – Electoral Law

Laws4038 – Law of Microfinance Institutions

Laws4039 – Accounting for Lawyers

Year IV, Semester II: 33 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
20 Laws-M4040 Economic Laws 8
Laws4041 International Trade Law 5
Laws4042 Investment Law 3
21 Laws-M4050 Human Rights and African Union Laws 13
Laws4051 Human Rights Law 7
Laws4052 African Union and Human Rights Law 3
Laws4053 Gender and Law 3
22 Laws-M4060 Employment Laws 7

23 Optional Module- Laws-M4072 (E) (5ECTS)

Laws4071 – Islamic Law

Laws4072 – Law and Development

Laws4073 – Law of International Organizations

Laws4074 – Refugee Law

Laws4075 – Judicial Independence and Management

Laws4076 – Sentencing and Execution Laws4077 – Seminar on Current Legal Topics Laws4078 – Law of Natural Resources Laws4079 – Bankruptcy

Law

Year V, Semester I: 30 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
24 Laws-M5010 Legal Practice and Ethics 13
Laws5011 Pre-Trial, Trial and Appellate Advocacy / Moot Court 5
Laws5012 Legal Clinics* 3
Laws5013 Legal Ethics 5
25 Laws-M5020 Alternative Dispute Resolution 5
26 Laws-M5030 Senior Thesis 7
27 Laws-M5040 Exit Exam I 5

*Legal Clinics: Alternate Modules (E)

Clinical Program on Restorative Justice

Clinical Program on Domestic Violence

Clinical Program on Child Rights

Clinical Program on Rights of Prisoners

Year V, Semester II: 25 ECTS

Module code Module Title ECTS
28 Laws-M5050 Exit Exam II 5
29 Laws-M5060 Externship 20

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Contact Person

Yohannes Yotayeh (Postgraduate Coordinator)

E-mail: yyitayih@yahoo.com

Tel: +251911023693

Po.Box:196

University of Gondar, Ethiopia

  • LL.M in Human Rights Laws
  • LL.M in Environmental and Water Laws
  • LL.M in Criminal Justice (to be opened soon)

ADMISSION REQUIRMENTS

The LL.M Programs on Human Rights and Environmental and Water Laws will be delivered both in the Regular and Continuing education or extension programs. The admission requirements for both programs are the same.

  • All candidates of the program shall have an LL.B degree in Law from a recognized university/college.
  • All candidates of the program shall qualify a written examination prepared for joining the LL.M programs.
  • The exam has to be prepared composing both subjective and partly objective questions relevant to Human Rights Law and Environmental and Water Laws as well as questions that test English language capability. Each set of questions shall be corrected by specifically designated staff of the Law School and the cumulative thereof shall be computed to provide the percentage. Candidates who fail to secure 50% of the exam shall automatically be rejected whereas others shall be prioritized based on their exam results and other priority grounds stipulated herein below.
  • Female and physically challenged candidates are encouraged and shall be given additional five percent provided that they qualify a passing mark in the exam. In case of tie, the following can be used for the sake of priority.
    • Younger candidates shall be encouraged
    • Work experience shall be an asset
    • Recommendation letters shall be considered
  • Candidates assigned by the Ministry of Education shall necessarily secure a passing mark in the exam i.e. 50%.
  • The maximum number of candidates in one program shall be 15.

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS

The minimum credit hours for both the programs shall be 24 Credit Hours.

DURATION OF STUDY

The duration of study to both the LL.M in Human Rights and LL.M in Environmental and Water Laws shall be a year and half for the regular program and two years and half for the extension program or three summers and a semester for summer students.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

A. IN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS

Course code Course Title Credit Hours
Year I, Semester I
MLHR 601 Advanced Legal Research Methods 3
MLHR 611 Jurisprudence of Human Rights 2
MLEL 631  International Human rights Law 3
MLHR 651 Gender and Human Rights 2
MLHR 621 Law of Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons (E) 2
MLHR 641 International Humanitarian Law(E) 2
Year I, Semester II
MLHR 612 Regional Human Rights System 2
MLHR 632 Human Rights and the Ethiopian Legal System 3
MLHR 652 Minority Rights 2
MLHR 672 Ethical Issues in Human Rights 3
MLHR 622  

Rights of persons with Disabilities(E)

 

2
MLHR 642 Rights of Children(E) 2
Year II, Semester I
MLHR 711 Seminar on Current Human Rights Issues 2
MLHR 731 Thesis 6
Total  Course Credits 32

GRADUATE PROFILE (IN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS)

After successfully completing the courses, including a thesis, graduates will acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in the areas of research, teaching and practice of human rights. Therefore, graduates will be able to take positions in government, NGOs and private sectors as consultants, practitioners, researchers and academicians.

B. COURSE BREAKDOWN IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS

Course code Course Title Credit Hours
Year I, Semester I
MLEW 601 Advanced Legal Research Methods 3
MLEW 611 International Environmental Law 3
MLEW 631  International Water Law 3
MLEW 621 Administrative Law(E) 2
MLEW 64 1 Dispute Resolution in Environmental and water Laws (E) 2
Year I, Semester II
MLEW 612 Ethiopian Environmental Law and Policy 2
MLEW 632 Ethiopian Water law 3
MLEW 652  

Environmental Impact Assessment law

 

3
MLEW 672 International Trade  and the Environment 3
MLEW 622 Land  Law(E) 2
MLEW 642 Human Rights and Environment (E) 2
Year II, Semester I
MLEW 711 Seminar on Current  Environmental and water  Laws 2
MLEW 731 LL.M Thesis 6
Total  Course Credits 32

GRAGUATE CAREER PROFILE

Graduates, after completion of this program, could serve as judges, consultants, researchers, administrators and the like in the fields of environmental protection and water use and administration. They will also, based on the international laws and principles, protect the interest of Ethiopia to use its shared international water resources.

COORDINATING ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES UNDER THE SCHOOL

  • OFFICE OF ASSISTANT REGISTRAR
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSON

Bebizuh Mulugeta

E-mail: babimulugeta@gmail.com

Tel:+251945365926

  • OFFICE OF LEGAL AID CENTER
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSON

Demwoz Kassie

E-mail: demiefree@gmail.com

Tel: +251913789115

  • OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSON

Birhan Siru

E-mail: birhansiru@yahoo.com

Tel: 251913341699

  • OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSON

Belay Shebeshi(Coordinator)

E-mail: bel99shi@yahoo.com

Tel: 251918771217

  • OFFICE OF UNIVRESITY-INDUSTRY LINKAGE
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSON

Gashaw Sisay (Coordinator)

E-mail: gashaw.sisay@yahoo.com

251918773312

 

  • QUALITY ASSURANCE AND AUDIT
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSON

Bekele Adane (Coordinator)

E-mail: dagibek2011@gmail.com

Tel:251913081614

  • OFFICE OF CONTINUING AND POSTGRAGUATE PROGRAMS

Yohannes Yitayeh (Coordinator)

E-mail: yyitayih@yahoo.com

Tel: +251911023693

 

  • OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ETHIOPIAN LEGAL STUDIES
    • ABOUT THE OFFICE
    • ROLES AND RESPONSOBLITIES
    • CONTACT PERSONS

Wondwossen Wakene(Editor-in-Chief)

E-mail: wondwossenwakene69@gmail.com

Tel:+251911694883

Solomon Tekle (Managing Editor)

E-mail:

Tel:+251961285459

  • SCHOOL COMMITTEES

PROMOTION AND REQUTITMENT

*  CONTACT PERSON                                                                                                                  Mezigebu Sahle

MOOT COURT

*  CONTACT PERSON                                                                                                                  TBA

 

PUBLICATION

  • The School of Law launched annually peer-reviewed “International Journal of Ethiopian Legal Studies (IJELS)” in 2015.  The journal has been a forum for legal scholars throughout the country and beyond to publish intellectual works of the highest quality.
    • RESEARCH

    It has been conducting legal researches on the theme “Governance, Democracy and Human Rights”.   Several projects have been conducted under this general theme.  The following research projects are underway in the 2016/17 budget year.

    S/No Title of Project Name of Principal Investigator Year
    1 Institutional and Normative Responses to Serious Crimes: An Appraisal of the Sentencing and Punishment Practice in North Gondar Administrative Zone  

     

     

    Abebe Assefa

    2016/2017

     

     

     

    2 Mapping Land Disputes in the Amhara National Regional State and Seeking Remedies in Policy, legal and Administrative Escapes  

     

    Wondimnew Kassa

    2016/2017
    3 The Legal, Framework  and Situational Analysis of Children without Parental Care: A Case of North Gondar Zone  

    Worku Kassaw

    2016/2017
    4 The Influence of Patent Law and Policy on the Innovation Capability of Manufacturing Industries in Ethiopia  

    Birhan Siru

    2016/2017
    5 The Prospects and Challenges of Water Resources Management in Ethiopia: Policy, Legal and Institutional Frameworks  

     

    Mezgebu Sahile

    2016/2017
    • COMMUNITY SERVICE

    The School has been providing free legal aid service to vulnerable individuals and groups since 2009.  So far more than 15 centers are established in various districts and more than   27,600 beneficiaries have been served with the service since its establishment. All law instructors, senior laws students and legal officers have been actively involving in the provision of the service.   Service beneficiaries are disadvantaged persons such as women, children, persons with disabilities, persons living with HIV/AIDS, elderly and the poorer.  The service types include: legal literacy, legal advice, legal assistance, writing various pleadings, court representation and settling disputes (mainly family matters) using alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Geographical location of the 15 center

The following two community service projects were implemented in the year 2016/17 project year.

S/No Project Title Project Leader Implementation District
1 Capacity Building Training on Basic Constitutional, Procedural and Substantive Laws for Social Court Judges Demwoz Kassie Belesa and Dembia Woredas
2 Awareness Creation Training on Human Rights Based Approach to Reproductive Rights of Women Abebe Assefa Chilg Woreda

 

  • CONTACT US

Abebe Assefa Alemu (Dean, School of Law of University of Gondar;

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Human Rights Laws)

E-mail: Abebe.Assefa@uog.edu.et or

Abebeassefa1@gmail.com

Tel:+251928542736

Office Tel: +251588110619

Po.Box:196

University of Gondar, Ethiopia