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11 Mizan L. Rev. 1 (2017)

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  Advancing Access to Justice for the Poor and

  Vulnerable through Legal Clinics in Ethiopia:

                    Constraints and Opportunities

              Mizanie Abate, Alebachew Birhanu, and Mihret Alemayehu

        The right of access to justice, inter alia, enjoins states to provide legal aid
        services and employ legal literacy programs. It also ensures access to legal and
        justice institutions or legal remedies to the indigent and the vulnerable.
        Although the right of access to justice is guaranteed in Ethiopian laws, it
        continues to be unavailable to most citizens particularly to the indigent and the
        vulnerable because the different mechanisms (designed to ensure access to
        justice to these groups) have not been accorded sufficient legal recognition and
        are poorly implemented. We argue that law school legal clinics could be among
        the viable pursuits in addressing the gap. However, this study reveals that legal
        clinics per se are non-existent. In many law schools, the establishment of legal
        clinics has been hindered by lack of expertise, commitment of law schools to
        run clinical programs and financial problems. Law schools can meaningfully
        contribute to fill the gaps of access to justice in Ethiopia, if their legal aid
        centers are consolidated and used as legal clinics, and if clinical legal education
        is provided in accordance with the curricula designed in 2006 and 2013.

Key terms
        Legal clinics, legal aid, access to justice, law schools, Ethiopia

DOI     http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/mir.v1 li 1.1
        This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-
        NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

  Mizanie Abate: LL.B (Addis Ababa University), LL.M (University of Pretoria), PhD (the
  University of Alabama), Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, School of Law.
  Email: <mizanie.abate @aau.edu.et>
  Alebachew Birhanu: LL.B (Addis Ababa University), LL.M and M.Phil (University of
  Oslo), Assistant Professor at Bahir Dar University, School of Law.
  Email: <Alebe2007 @gmail.com>
    Mihret Alemayehu: LL.B (Addis Ababa University), LL.M and M.Phil (University of
  Oslo), Lecturer at Bahir Dar University, School of Law. Email: <mhret06@yahoo.com>

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