Academic Partnership on Legal and Human Rights Education | APLHRE

Project Coordinator: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang BENEDEK

Assistant Project Coordinator: Dr. Christian PIPPAN

Coordinating Institution: University of Graz, Institute of International Law and International Relations | KFU-IILIR Partner Institutions:Ethiopian Civil Service University, Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies | ECSU-IFLS (Dr. Solomon Abay YIMER), Addis Ababa University, Center for Human Rights | AAU-CHR (Dr. Tadesse Kassa Woldetsadik)

Partner Country: Ethiopia

Project Duration: 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2013


The project was developed in response to the partnership demands of the participating Ethiopian institutions during the preparatory phase. It coincides with the implementation of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s latest Five-Year Development Plan, which gives special attention to education sector development.The project’s overall aim is to strengthen and improve capacities related to legal and human rights education in the two partner institutions, the Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies of the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) and the Center for Human Rights of Addis Ababa University (AAU). Project coordination lies with the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the Karl-Franzens University of Graz (KFU). The project covers five academic core activities, which together are intended to enhance the teaching, research, training and management skills of the participating Ethiopian partners. These activities include: Short-term exchange visits (co-teaching at partner institutions); assistance in curriculum development; organization of two joint research workshops; and, finally, organization of two “Human Rights Academies”, to be held in Addis Ababa in fall 2012 and fall 2013 respectively. Moreover, the project will cover the supervision of Ethiopian PhD candidates at the University of Graz.