Teshale Aberra

Teshale Aberra

Teshale Aberra is an independent researcher and research consultant.  He has many years of experience in the legal profession in Ethiopia; serving as a High Court judge, High Court president (1994-2000) and president of the State Supreme Court (2001-2006).  As president of the State Supreme Court Teshale was involved in different reform programmes including the National Judicial Reform Program and the Legal Education Reform Program in Ethiopia. He initiated and implemented the Oromia State Judicial Reform Program during his tenure, the experience of which led to the creation in 2006 of the “Oromia Legal Professionals Training and Research Institute” which is responsible for the provision of initial and in-service training of judges and other legal professionals. 

Teshale resigned from his position in 2006 and has been actively involved since then in human rights issues in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa.  His research interests focus on: human rights and the role of the judiciary to entrench democracy and the rule of law, the study of factors affecting and the reasons driving judges in a panel and courts as the third organ of government to make choices during their work in judicial decision making.  

Teshale is a graduate of the Addis Ababa University (LLB, 1994) and holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from UCL (LLM 2011).  

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