According to Professor Daniel Filler, Dean of Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, mass imprisonment hurts communities by extracting wage earning parents, creates high crimes in communities and spends hard earned tax money on prison facilities. The seminar that took place from 25-26 April 2018 tried to illustrate the United States justice system in many ways.
Professor Filler in his two day stay at the University of Gondar will present among other things thoughts on the criminal justice system in the United States, the formal structure and practical realities of the court system and the death penalty.
Though Prof Filler is from the States he reserves all rights to think critically about injustice because of his law background. As a defense lawyer he served on numerous trials that saw him contesting views that he believed were not morally right or just. And now as the Dean of Drexler’s Kline School of Law, he teaches students the art of discourse and impartiality to preserve freedoms in their respective communities.
Dr. Desalegn Mengesha, President of the University of Gondar, had some optimistic words to say about the state of the law studies in Ethiopia, but he still expressed need to improve in a larger and more international-oriented way.
“There are a lot of differences between the U.S justice systems to that of Ethiopia’s, therefore we need more professors to come to Gondar to share their experiences and knowledge” asserted Dr. Desalegn.
What is hoped to be produced by Professor Daniels visit is multifaceted for the University of Gondar. Some of the advantages of the dean’s arrival may bring about staff student exchanges, bring scholarships, international partnerships and maybe the arrival of well experienced scholars in the field to impart much need wisdom may be a possibility.
By Samuel Malede| Public & International Relations Directorate