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Judicial Independence in Ethiopia and Its Challenge Vis-à-Vis the United Nations Basic Principle on Independence of Judiciary

Judicial independence is a vital cornerstone of any democratic society, as it guarantees the fair and unbiased administration of justice. However, the judiciary in Ethiopia has faced numerous obstacles that hinder its autonomy and effectiveness. This paper deals with the current state of judicial independence in Ethiopia, thoroughly analyzing the legal framework and institutional arrangements in place. It explores the extent to which the judiciary operates independently from external influences, such as the executive and legislative branches of government. This paper aims to shed light on the challenges faced by the country's judiciary and propose potential solutions. It also addresses practical challenges in addition to legal ones by employing a qualitative research method, including interviews, practical case reviews, and focus group discussions. Therefore, the concept of judicial independence is of utmost importance in ensuring a fair and impartial legal system. Ethiopia, as it strives to strengthen its democratic institutions and promote the rule of law, faces significant challenges in achieving judicial independence. This paper aims to thoroughly analyze the current state of judicial independence in Ethiopia, examining the legal framework and institutional arrangements in place. By evaluating Ethiopia's adherence to the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary, this paper seeks to propose potential solutions to the challenges faced by the country.

Basic Principle on Independence of Judiciary, Judicial Independence, Judge, Judiciary

APA Style

Dejenu Mulugeta, L. (2023). Judicial Independence in Ethiopia and Its Challenge Vis-à-Vis the United Nations Basic Principle on Independence of Judiciary. Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 6(4), 111-119. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.jpsir.20230604.12

ACS Style

Dejenu Mulugeta, L. Judicial Independence in Ethiopia and Its Challenge Vis-à-Vis the United Nations Basic Principle on Independence of Judiciary. J. Polit. Sci. Int. Relat. 2023, 6(4), 111-119. doi: 10.11648/j.jpsir.20230604.12

AMA Style

Dejenu Mulugeta L. Judicial Independence in Ethiopia and Its Challenge Vis-à-Vis the United Nations Basic Principle on Independence of Judiciary. J Polit Sci Int Relat. 2023;6(4):111-119. doi: 10.11648/j.jpsir.20230604.12

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