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Center for Federalism and Governance Studies organizes a full day conference

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The Center for Federalism and Governance Studies of the Addis Ababa University organized a full day conference themed ‘the function and relevance of sub-national constitutions in federal system’ at Jupiter Hotel on December 1, 2017.

International and regional high profile personalities spoke on sub-national constitutions and federalism trends of various countries during the conference.

Nico Steytler, South African research chair for multilevel government, Law and Policy at the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, governance and Human Rights University of the Western Cape, in his presentation entitled “state constitution: limits and potentialities” disclosed that the purpose of the state constitution is to give expression to the voice of the local polity.

He further dealt with the values and practices of state constitution, rationale for sub national constitution, parameters of state constitution and international trends of federalism.

Assefa Fiseha (Ph.D.), Director of the center, defined federalism as the recognition of diversity through a constitutional distribution of power which enables self rule of the constituent units in specified areas of jurisdiction. He went on to remark that the states, the sub-national units of the Ethiopian federation, have their own constitutions reaffirming the powers of states vis-a-vis the federal government.

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“Harmonizing the state and federal constitutions helps demarcate powers clearly and maintain unity in a federal system, “said the Director.

The presentation was followed by a deliberation session that featured various questions from those in attendance.