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14 Mizan L. Rev. 1 (2020)

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         Access to Justice for PWDs in Civil

    Proceedings before the Federal Courts of

            Ethiopia: The Law and Practice

                                                       Aschalew  Ashagre'
Abstract
    Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are among the most vulnerable groups to
    social, economic and  political problems. Various UN  General Assembly
    declarations on the rights of PWDS serve as soft laws for the protection of the
    rights of PWDs; and the international Bill of Rights can be applicable to their
    protection. In particular, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
    Disabilities (CRPD) contains provisions that recognize and protect various
    aspects of the rights of PWDS. The Convention clearly declares the rights of
    PWDs  to access to justice both in civil and criminal proceedings. Ethiopia is a
    party to this Convention, and in  effect, it has an international duty to
    implement, among  other things, the right of access to justice for PWDs in
    judicial proceedings. This article examines access for PWDs in the Federal
    Courts in civil proceedings. It focuses on the legal and practical problems in the
    implementation of the right to access to justice in spite of attempts made by the
    government in this regard. Additional legislative and institutional improvements
    are thus necessary -to the extent possible- in order to realize the rights of
    access to justice for PWDs since substantive rights will remain meaningless in
    the absence of access to justice.
Key   terms:
   Access to justice - Federal courts - Persons with disabilities - Civil proceedings
DOI http://dx.doi.org/l0.4314/mlr.v14i1.1
    This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-
    NonCommercial-NoDerivs   (CC BY-NC-ND)
    Received: 31 March 2020 (Version 2)      Accepted: 10 September 2020



* Aschalew Ashagre, Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law, College of Law and
  Governance Studies, Addis Ababa University; Consultant and Attorney at law; PhD
  Candidate. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1970-7554
    I thank my research assistants Yehualsahet Tamiru and Tarekegn Damessa who
  helped me in distributing questionnaires and arranging focus group discussions. I also
  thank judges of federal courts who filled out questionnaires and gave interviews, and
  individuals who participated in focus group discussion.
  The  earlier version of this work was presented at the Third International Law and
  Development  Conference held from   September 19-22  in Leiden  2018, the
  Netherlands. Email: gakidan.ashagre335@gmail.com or aschalew.ashagre@aau.edu.et


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