Bulletin n. 1/2017
June 2017
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Fiseha Assefa
    Constitutional Adjudication through Second Chamber in Ethiopia
    in Ethnopolitics , Volume 16, Issue 3 ,  2017 ,  295-313
    Ethiopia has empowered its second chamber (the House of Federation—HoF) to interpret the constitution and resolve constitutional disputes. This article analyses whether a majoritarian institution such as the HoF can serve as effective mechanisms for the resolution of constitutional disputes. While the HoF has played some role in resolving cases of high political significance such as rights realizing local self-rule, it has of late tilted the federal balance in favour of the centre. The fact that the HoF remained a political organ controlled by the same dominant party meant that constitutionally entrenched civil and political rights remain without a guardian.
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