I,Engaging the Justice Sector for Good Governence: "Enhancing Justice sector stakeholders' capacity on Rights Information ,Legal aid , Resource center and Legislative Advocacy to Promote Rule Of Law."
According to Grant contract concluded between the European Union represented by the delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia (European Union Civil Society Fund II and Ethiopian Lawyers' Association.
The project is titled "Engaging the Justice Sector for Good Governance: "Enhancing Justice Sector Stakeholders' Capacity on Rights Information, Legal Aid, Resource Centre and Legislative Advocacy to Promote Rule of Law".
The locations of the implementation of the actions are the Regional states of - Amhara (Bahir Dar), Southern Nations and Nationalities (Hawassa), Tigray (Mekelle), Oromia (Adama), Benishangul Gumuz (Assosa), Somali (Jijiga), and Addis Ababa.
The main activites of the project are:
II,Strengthening Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association
Through Expanding its Membership Base
The second Project ELA is currently implementing is an 18 month project titled “strengthening the Ethiopian Lawyers’ association through expanding its Membership Base”. This project is funded by the civil society support Program of the British Council.
The main activities of the project are:
The aim of this project is to identify impediments for ELA’s expansions of membership base across regions and develop appropriate strategy; To enlist more volunteers legal professionals who provide legal aid service; To enhance the organizational capacity of ELA and To develop a five year strategic plan for the association.
The implementation of all of these activities has been taking place since September 2015.
III, Activities performed through the standing committees
The association has five standing committees and establishes other subordinate temporary committees when need arises currently. The main function of these committees is to implement the aims of the Association and execute annual plans of the general assembly as well as the responsibilities endowed to them by the statute of the Association. These committees are listed as follows:
The committees operate by making an annual plan of issues and topics for discussion and holds workshops accordingly
Currently these committees are performing the following activities in collaboration with each other and other external bodies.
ELA has already participated in the deliberations of various bills, including the new criminal code when it was at a drafts stage, Evidence law, Procedure law, and Anti-Corruption law. It is a standing member of the committee for judicial reform under the Court Administration Reform Program (CARP).
IV, Project with Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission
The Association also has an ongoing annual project with the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission .The project focuses on informing legal professionals about the special laws and procedures that concern the issue of corruption. It also focuses on informing the public and government employees about the issue of corruption with special focus on the legal aspect of the crime.
For the Budget year of 2007 E.C the two activities planed form implementation in this project are training of a hundred government employees on the subject with special focus on the backward thinking concerning corruption and a seminar that focuses on the legal aspect of the subject i.e laws and procedures of the special crime.