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Ethiopian Bar Association

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Canadian Bar Association
Acronyme : CBA
Type : Association professionelle
Mandat : The CBA is the largest voluntary professional association of the Canadian legal profession, representing some 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, academics and students.. The CBA is committed to improving the law, the administration of justice and access to justice; promotes equality in the legal profession and in the justice system; and improves and promotes the knowledge, skills, ethical standards and well-being of members of the legal profession. It works internationally through its International Development Program (IDP) in which the IYIP would be situated.
Adresse : 865 Carling Avenue, Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1S 5S8
FAX: (613)  237 0185
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Al Cook
Courriel : alc@cba.org
Pays : Éthiopie
Ville : Addis Ababa
Secteur : Gouvernement et société civile
Description du stage : The intern will be associated with the Ethiopian Bar Association's access to justice program. The main focus of the intern's placement will be on improving access to justice through strengthening of the EBA and improving its legal aid program. The intern will also contribute to the development of an independent, self-regulating professional body for Ethiopia, a project in which the EBA is playing a leadership role; to the further development of a Community Legal Education project; and to gender projects on family law, spousal and domestic rights and family violence. The intern will be involved in the expansion of EBA's membership to include more female lawyers.

In Canada
The intern will be preparing for the placement. Preparations include:

- Before commencement of internship: Attending 3-day pre-departure briefing and orientation in Ottawa in June: making travel arrangements, filling in on-line and paper forms, discussing and signing intern contract, receiving, discussing and organizing information, meeting CBA Coordinator, staff and other interns etc. (see Pre-departure briefing schedule above). Starting then, the intern develops a reading list and begins reading and researching his/her host country and relevant issues.

- August 1st to September 6th: a) Logistical and practical : obtaining visa, doing and checking travel and entry requirements and documentation; booking air travel and purchasing tickets; getting medical requirements and inoculations, researching host country in practical terms, contacting host supervisor, predecessor and colleague interns on practical issues and arrangements, how to go about travel in host country, accommodation possibilities, exchange rate, banking and other financial information and procedures; setting up a banking procedure with an 'Authorized person' to look after financial arrangements and incoming cheques in Canada; purchasing appropriate clothing and necessities, guide book etc. b) Project and work-related: Doing research and other preparatory work that can best be done while still in Canada, preparing resources and materials to take to placement, developing work plan in consultation with host supervisor and CBA Coordinator and staff, familiarizing him or herself with host country constitution and judicial system, legal and justice situation and procedures, relevant legal, social, economic and political issues.

- On return to Canada: attending Debriefing at CBA in Ottawa: delivering a presentation on placement, discussing issues to be taken into account by future interns, attending workshops on career prospects and CBA support for job search, on preparing resumes and cover letters as well as interview techniques, and also on reintegration into Canada.


The intern will be involved in the various activities of the EBA including assisting in the development of regulations for the legal profession, continuing legal education programs for the legal profession, and delivery of legal aid. The main focus of the intern's placement will be on improving access to justice through strengthening of the EBA and its legal aid program. The intern will provide assistance with the EBA's legal aid program, which provides legal assistance to the disadvantaged. The EBA operates a legal aid center within the compound of the federal high court and will be expanding its services through its legal aid networking project to provide greater legal advice and representation services to the needy and marginalized, particularly women. The legal aid program also engages in public legal education to educate the public on their rights and the legal system. The intern will also generally assist the EBA with internal capacity development in all areas.

1. Legal Aid Networking:

The intern will do research, writing and organizational coordination for the networking project. The project will be at a stage where the loose cooperative of legal aid clinics will need to become more fully integrated with one another, and have the bulk of their operational procedures standardized. Guidelines to ensure uniform intake procedures, efficient inter-clinic referrals, and the provision of consistent, competent representation across the clinics will need to be established.

As well, the formalization of the loose network into a semi-autonomous system will have begun. Financial and organizational structures need to be firmly developed. In helping develop the operational and organizational capacity of the system itself, the intern will be directing and coordinating the representatives of the various clinics, as well as potentially attempting to bring the Ministry of Justice's Public Defender Office into the system.

2. Self-Regulating Profession:

The intern will also contribute to the development of an independent, self-regulating professional body for Ethiopia. The campaign is being spearheaded by the Ethiopian Bar Association, in partnership with various other groups, including the legal aid network partners. This project involves presenting and promoting a comparative paper demonstrating the benefits of an independent law society, written by the previous intern, to legal practitioners, and engaging in constructive lobbying efforts to persuade the Ministry of Justice to relinquish its control over the profession.

3. Female Practitioner Recruitment:

The intern will be heavily involved in the expansion of the EBA's membership to include more female lawyers. The EBA is looking to recruit more female lawyers to enhance its mandate, expertise, and lobbying effectiveness both inside and outside Ethiopia. The intern will have to create and deliver presentations on the role and benefits of the EBA, with particular emphasis on how the EBA can benefit female practitioners. In this respect, the intern will likely partner, meet, and work with groups based at the university and college law faculties, as well as gender-specific groups such as the Ethiopian Women Lawyers' Association.

4. Community Legal Education:

The intern will help develop Community Legal Education seminars, workshops and presentations delivered to various groups within the city. A particular emphasis will be placed on bridging the gender divide, and projects focused on family law, spousal rights, domestic violence, and access to education will be of great importance. Further presentations dealing with the criminal justice system will also be needed.

The intern will provide the CBA with 4 bi-monthly reports, including Final report; ongoing correspondence by e-mail with CBA Coordinator, other interns and intern Counsellors; will do a "personal project" e.g. learning a local language (or teaching English or French); writing about placement in a creative way, or taking photographs; doing a personal research or writing project on a topic that particularly interests them for publication back in Canada as an outreach activity; the two-week holiday is regarded as an important opportunity to learn about the host country in an informal and practical as well as enjoyable way. Interns also encouraged to participate in local activities, church, sport, theatre etc., and to make contributions socially and to the community, charitable walks and fundraising, joining choirs etc. These types of activity have been found to be particularly rewarding.
Organisation d'accueil : Ethiopian Bar Association
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Ethiopian Bar Association (EBA) is a non-partisan, non-profit association of lawyers established with the aim of promoting and upholding rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, good governance and human rights, ensuring the dignity and independence of the legal profession, upgrading the skills of professionals and providing legal aid to the public.