Dilla University

Community Service in Dilla Law School

Present Activities in Community Service

ü        Free Legal aid

ü       FREE Legal Aid Service

ü      Training Service

Future Activities on Community Service

To Develop the Center in Dilla Law School

  1. Legal Aid Center
  2. Training Center

      3. Research Center

School Dean Message

Welcome to Dilla University Law School webpage! Our law School is very young in terms of age. However, on its achievement it is greatly flourishing and is pursuing to become center of excellence in teaching-learning, conducting problem driven researches and engage in community based services. On this aspect, I am proud to proclaim that it has got enormous results since its commencement in 2006. It produces competent legal professionals who work for the prevalence of rule of law, democracy, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance, tolerance, social justice and development. It endeavors to train and graduate legal professionals to meet the ever increasing needs of the Ethiopian society in the field of law.  Moreover, our law school produces vibrant research community so as to generate knowledge through research and publication. It also generates graduates who could promote community based activities to tackle pressing socio-legal problems.          

Our students learn, through student centered teaching methodology, how to think about the law by actually practicing it. Specifically, out of hypothetical or real cases, they train to draft briefs, to negotiate with opposing counsel, and argue cases in court. Under the auspices of the Free Legal Aid Center, students provide free legal advocacy, draft legal documents for people with disability, for prisoners, for women and children, for the helpless senior citizens and other vulnerable individuals and the poor as a general. 

As a Dean of the Law School, I am deeply committed to maintaining and mounting the school to realize its vision of becoming one among the ten best Law Schools in East Africa by 2023. Furthermore, I am committed to nurturing and sustaining the special understanding among the staff, students and among themselves. I, therefore, invite you to explore our webpage, work with our School in research, training, Legal Aid and other community service projects.

Gebremeskel Hailu

Dean and Lecturer of Law 


Dilla University School of Law was launched as a department in 2007. In 2008, a year after its establishment, it quickly transformed to School level. Since its inception the School has proven very popular, beginning its academic activities with 55 students in its very first year. As a result of valuable support from our staff and the University management structure we have been able to enjoy a rapid state of development within the last 8 years.

Vision and Mission

1. Vision

The School of Law has the vision of upraising the standard and quality of legal education through teaching-learning, research and community services to the level of leading law schools in other countries, and becoming one of the top ten law schools in east Africa by 2023 to ensure optimum impact in the development of democracy, good governance and social justice in Ethiopia.

2. Mission

The School of Law has the mission of contributing towards the intellectual and social conditions of Ethiopia by providing equitably accessible quality of legal education and training programs through teaching, research and community service to prepare competent and responsible members of the legal profession who actively contribute towards rule of law, democracy, human rights, good governance, social justice, equity, tolerance and development.

Our Work

The School of Law at the Dilla University is one of the youngest academic units and as such we are still in the earliest stages of our development. Although we have been operational for less than eight years, we have rapidly evolved to a School that offers quality teaching, research and community services. We currently offer law courses at LL.B level through our regular and weekend and summer programs. At this time, 275students are attending in the regular program, 24 are enrolled in the weekend program whereas68students are enrolled in the summer program. 

The School currently employs twenty two (22) academic andfive (5) administrative staffs who collaboratively support our teaching, research and community service activities. In addition to our own staff, we involve Lecturers from Hawassa, Addis Ababa Universities as guest lecturers for different courses.

Our Law School is a member of Ethiopian Law Schools Association and has been chairing the Ethiopian Law schools’.

The School of Law has been able to develop and successfully coordinate a free Legal Aid Service to vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in Dilla and the surrounding areas. We also currently run a Moot Court Center in order to allow students to develop their legal advocacy skills. To find out more about these, please visit our community services page.


Our Partners and Collaborators

The school has been running its duties in collaboration with various governmental and non-governmental institutions. Among others; Ministry of Justice, the SNNPR Supreme Court, Legal System Research Institute (JLSRI), Ethiopian Red Cross Society, Higher Education Strategic Center (HESC) and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission are the major ones.

Free legal aid

Fair and equal justice is the major concern of our democracy that we cannot take for granted, our laws guarantee basic rights and protection for all of us – not just those who can afford to hire a lawyer, as the saying goes, “Justice ties the fine outfit of the rich with the shabby garment of the poor.” Both Ethiopian Constitution (Art 37) and international covenants to which Ethiopia is a party provide that people have the right to have access to justice; and that the access has to be equal despite differences in economic, cultural and social background. Peoples’ rights to human rights in general, and rights to due process and fair hearing in particular, should not depend on the depth of their pocket.

However, justice has never been equal for the poor majority who are unable to hire a lawyer. This makes justice a luxurious commodity that can be bought and sold, and only available for the transaction of the rich. The situation is worse when women who are victims of domestic violence, children who are abused by trafficking and other ill treatments, prison inmates whose constitutional rights are violated, HIV/AIDS victims who are stigmatized, and veterans who are weak to claim their social benefit are unable to seek and enforce their rights. Dilla University Legal Aid Center was established to bridge the gap between access to justice and indigence.

The Center utilizes volunteers who study law at the University and the Law School academic staff. The Center also hires service providers with a nominal salary at times when it is difficult to fully rely on volunteers. Please keep on exploring the website for more information about our free legal services.


Dilla university law school legal aid center does not assist people only when they are already in trouble but also assists them not to get themselves into trouble through its different legal awareness schemes. In addition to the legal education the Center broadcasts to millions of audiences on radio for the future, it also organizes trainings and workshops.

Trainings by qualified legal professionals were, and will be, offered to:

  • The general public to let them know of their rights and duties under the law, and to equip them with self advocacy skills,
  • Members of the police force and prosecution department on the constitutional rights of detained persons such as presumption of innocence, protection against torture, inhuman and degrading treatments, and Miranda warning,
  • The social courts and elderly arbitrators (Shimagiles) to build their dispute resolution capacity, and Judges on how to avoid delay and backlog of cases so that the constitutional right of speedy trial is respected for citizens.

Besides, different workshops on different real legal problems which are identified in the course of rendering legal service were, and will continue to be, organized by the Center.

Instructor’s Information

Full name: Amare Tesfaye



Sex :Male

Date of Birth:05/01/1986                              

Nationality :Ethiopian

Academic Rank: Lecturer

Hired Date: March 13,2009


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Educational Background

Undergraduate Degree

·         Institution:Mekelle University

·         Degree nomenclature: LL.B

·         Title of senior thesis: (if any)

The Right to Self Defense as a Defense Against State Responsibility

·         Year of graduation: 2008

Masters Degree

·         Institution: Addis Ababa University

·         Degree nomenclature:LL.M

·         Area of specialization-: Human Right Law

·         Title of master’s thesis: Justifiability of Socio Economic Rights in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

·         Year of graduation 2011

Courses taken in the post graduate program:

1.   International Human Right Law

2.   Human Right and the Ethiopian Constitution

3.   Advanced Legal Research Methods

4.   Jurisprudence of Human Rights

5.   Minority Rights

6.   Socio Economic rights

7.   International Humanitarian Law

8.   Regional Human Right System

9.   Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Human Right

10.               International Criminal Law

11.               Gender and Human Right

Courses given as an instructor so far:

1.   Human Right Law

2.   Property Law

3.   Conflict of Laws

4.   Land Law

5.   Law of Succession

6.   Legal History and Tradition

7.   Introduction to Law

8.   Clinical program on the right of prisoners

9.   Clinical Program on the rights of a Child

10.      Legal Writing  

Other Qualifications  Or Trainings Received

·         Certificate in Professional Teachers Educator (HDP)

·         Training on International Humanitarian Law

Area of Interest

Human Right Law

Position/office responsibility  at the School of Law/





Director of Dilla University Free Legal Aid Center

Research, Dissemination and Community Service Coordinator of the Law School, Dilla University

Other Responsibilities/Activities

·         Chairperson of Students Appellate Disciplinary Committee

·         Chairperson of School of Law Exam Committee    

·         Member of school of Law Research Committee

Work experience

Institution’s  Name

Position(s) during the stay

Length of service


Dilla University


Three and half years


Dilla University

Graduate Assistant  II

Two years

Research and publication

Type of the activity







Segregation of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty at the SNNPR Correction Institutions: Practical Appraisal at Dilla, Hawasa, Wolayita Correction Institutions










The Practice of Polygamy in Gedeo Zone: Its Impact in the Rights of Women and Children









( Author, Title, Publisher, Date of Publication, URL if available)

Amare Tesfaye, Justifiability of Socio Economic Rights in Ethiopia: legal and Jurisprudential Analysis, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2011.  

Amare Tesfaye, The Right to Self Determination of Indigenous People Under the UN Human Right system: Critical Analysis, Addis Ababa University Student Law Review, vol.2, No.1,July 2011


Trainings Delivered




Co- authored


Length of the training

Number of participants

Key responsibilities  assumed in the delivery of the training

Status of the training


Police and Human Right Law enforcement

February 7-14,2014




Basic legal Training for Social Court Judges

February 7-14,2014




Family Law and Women’s right

April 23-My 2, 2013



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